PONDA: “Goa Mining People Front (GMPF) is a non-political faction, and President Puti Gaonkar’s announcement to contest the 2022 Assembly election from Sakhalin Constituency against Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is totally his individual decision
“GMPF is a non-poltical outfit and w formed with the aim to government restart mining in Goa and it has nothing to do with Politics” this was stated to media by All Goa Machine Owners President Sandeep Parab, who is a core committee member of GMPF.
He further said GMPF will not contest the election or make a pre-poll alliance with any political outfit.
“It is not contesting the election. The GMPF President did not hold any meeting on the issue with Working Committee Members of GMPF nor held any discussion with its members. GMPF will not fall in Politics,” he said. He said nobody is contesting elections on behalf of GMPF; however, anybody can contest the election at an individual level.
He said due to the announcement of the GMPF leader, there has been a misunderstanding among the public, and therefore Puti Gaonkar should clear his stand on contesting the election.
He said the GMPF is still United and will not involve in politics.
He said that the government has filed cases against GMPF members for staging agitation in 2018 and demanded to withdraw those cases.
“Government should understand the problems of unemployed mining dependent and provide them regular job by starting mining in Goa,” he said.
He said GMPF is not contesting the upcoming election under its banner. No core committee meeting of GMPF is held to discuss contesting elections; hence GMPF leader should clear his stand on contesting the election, said Sandeep Parab.
Gaonkar says a seperate forum is
formed to contest 2022 election
PONDA: Goa Mining People Front ( GMPF) leader Puti Gaonkar clarified that he is not contesting assembly election under banner of GMPF.
He said GMPF comprises of several associations of mining dependent. “Thereforeseparateest the election, we have formed seperate political forum of mining dependent on contesting assembly election called,” Goa Mining People Forum
He said this forum would contest around 13 assembly seats. He is ready to contest against Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, provided that all opposition parties unitedly support him as candidate of opposition.
He urged people and mining dependent on supporting him for defeat of BJP. He said he don’t hope BJP would able restart mining this season.
“Its mining dump policy would not benefit mining dependent,” he said.
In a mining auction, Gaonkar fears Adani and Zindal will dominate, and he feels it will not work in the interest of mining people in Goa.