Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa on Saturday criticised the government’s move to widen the powers of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) through Major Port Authorities Bill 2016 and claimed that some of the provisions of the bill had dangerous consequences to a small state like Goa.
In a statement here, AAP Vasco Unit leader Loretta D’Souza, “AAP understands that the bill strives to give more autonomy and flexibility to major ports. However, such a bill is detrimental to Goa given that MPT is in possession of huge land in and around Mormugao Port and Vasco town including the ‘illegally’ reclaimed land.”
Calling upon the MLA’s and the MP’s to lead a delegation to Delhi like they did in the case of mining fiasco to overturn the Supreme Court order, D’Souza said if the bill was passed, Goa would have lost a part of it’s territory to MPT without any control of the state Government as well as the MMC.
“The parties that have promised special status to Goa are now out to systematically break this small state for the interests of their own masters in Delhi. This is the Goemkarponn preached by them,” she said.
She called upon the Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) to take a resolution against the move to take away all of its jurisdiction and be prepared to agitate in one voice to ensure that MPT did not become state within the state.