Bowing to public sentiments, Goa Health Minister and BJP MLA Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to drop the proposal for an IIT campus at Shel-Melaulim and mentioned he is not going to permit the development of the identical.
Chatting with reporters, the MLA from Valpoi in Sattari mentioned he has written to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant urging him to drop the proposal and withdraw police instances lodged towards locals who had staged an agitation at Shel-Melaulim in final week.
At least 12 policemen and several other villagers had been injured when each the teams had clashed with one another within the forest space close to Shel-Melaulim village in Sattari taluka final week.
“The IIT campus was deliberate within the village as part of the event plan for the constituency. Nevertheless, locals have been opposing it vehemently. If locals don’t desire it, I really feel the state authorities shouldn’t go forward with the venture,” Mr Rane mentioned.
The state of affairs in Shel-Melaulim worsened after police entered the village and assaulted locals, he mentioned.
“I’ve requested the chief minister to take motion towards law enforcement officials who assaulted ladies through the protest,” he mentioned.
Mr Rane vowed that he is not going to permit the IIT campus to be arrange wherever in his constituency.
“The chief minister can arrange the campus wherever within the state, however we do not need it in our constituency,” the minister mentioned.
Mr Rane mentioned he has been working underneath the steering of BJP nationwide chief Amit Shah and native leaders together with Pramod Sawant and get together state unit president Sadanand Tanavade.
The minister mentioned he’ll proceed working for Goa underneath the BJP management, however his resolution to demand scrapping of IIT from Sattari was a results of public sentiments.
Mr Rane recalled that his father Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane has labored for Sattari taluka tirelessly and he has been carrying ahead his father’s legacy.
“The individuals of Sattari are like my household and I stand with them,” he added.