Goa: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the anti-coal protests were driven by forces opposed to the government with an eye on the 2022 assembly elections.“People opposed to the government have this habit of opposing any and every development project. Elections are approaching, and these people have no agenda. People sitting in London (who aren’t even remotely connected to Mollem) are opposing projects coming up in Mollem. Some forces have started working against the government. People need to be wary of them,” Sawant said.
The chief minister made these statements while addressing the audience after launching the Salaulim canal desiltation work at Cuncolim under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. Deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar, minister for water resources Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Cuncolim MLA Clafacio Dias, were among those present on the occasion.“If the IIT project is going to provide 1,000-2,000 jobs to people, why oppose it? We have already got the Betul jetty project scrapped. Therefore don’t come out on the streets to protest. Support this government, as this government listens to people’s grievances and works out solutions.
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