Arrest Karnataka MLA for opposing migrants' house demolition: BJP

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 17 April 2015 20:24 IST

Goa’s Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded to arrest Karnataka’s Congress MLA A S Patil and deport him back to his state, alleging that he is supporting illegal activities in the port town of Vasco.

Damu Naik, spokesman of the BJP, condemned the protest through hunger strike and demonstration by Patil, demanding rehabilitation of Karnataka workers in Vasco, whose houses would be demolished.

The state has decided to demolish 205 structures along Baina beach of Vasco, majority of which belong to the migrant labour from Karnataka, besides others parts of the country.

Patil was later supported by Karnataka tourism minister R V Deshpande, who yesterday met chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, demanding their rehabilitation.

The high court has presently stayed the demolition, pending hearing to begin from Monday.

According to Naik, the migrant labour living on the Baina beach have violated CRZ guidelines and have to be evacuated from the beach area.

The authorities have already demolished 84 structures of Goans on the Baina beach while rehabilitating them.

 

But the state authorities have refused to rehabilitate the migrant workers, stating that they have built these illegal structures hardly 15 years ago.

While 84 structures were demolished for the fly over of the extended National Highway coming from Verna, the 205 structures are being demolished for the beautification of Baina beach.

“Don’t you want the national highway project to be completed”, asked Naik, when actually 205 structures have no connection with the NH project.

He also asked the people who oppose the demolition whether Goans should also encroach upon government properties in a similar manner and build illegal houses.

In reality, the BJP government has decided to legalise all the illegal houses built by Goans on the Communidade land all over Goa, with a cut off year 2000.

The decision in this regard was taken by the state Assembly unanimously, supported by all the parties and independents.

Naik also asked why the Karnataka government had not rehabilitated 200 fishermen from Karwar, who were displaced due to the Sea Bird naval project.

The whole issue has taken a political turn as the protest by Karnataka MLAs is supported also by the local Congress. 

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