Mopa is real estate scam of BJP, Cong, chides Vijai


Asserting that two airports are not feasible and viable in a small state like Goa, Goemkar convenor Vijai Sardesai on Wednesday dared Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar and BJP leaders to join a public debate on the contentious airport issue.
Addressing a meeting of Goemkar at Raia this evening, Sardesai said the Mopa airport project is nothing but a real estate scam supported by both the BJP and the Congress for their vested interests.
“The BJP leaders are running away from a debate on the airport issue because they are afraid they will be exposed for pushing Mopa for their vested interests,” he said, adding that neither the Ministry of Defence nor the Civil Aviation Ministry has given in writing that Dabolim will continue to exist for civilian operations after Mopa becomes a reality.
Complimenting the people of Raia for adopting a resolution opposing Mopa airport, the Fatorda MLA said people from other parts of Goa should emulate the example and oppose Mopa airport at the gram sabhas. He praised local MLA Reginaldo Lourenco for his bold stand against Mopa airport, but took pot shots at South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha for supporting the two-airport theory.
In his address, social activist Aires Rodrigues came down heavily on the Chief Minister and threatened to move the court if the police fail to register an FIR against Parrikar based on his complaint.[H]