PANAJI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that unemployment is a critical issue, but for places like Goa, the environmental issue is central. Congress will resist the three linear projects and not allow Goa to be turned into a coal hub, Gandhi said during a media interaction on Friday.
“We are not going to allow Goa to become a coal hub as it is not in the interest of the state. Congress is against the three linear projects. We will resist the idea of ​​projects like us we are opposed to farm laws. We won’t let them happen,” Gandhi said, adding that some may wonder how a state Congress government will do when the projects are decided by the Union government.
He said the Congress government will focus on transforming Goa into an IT and knowledge hub so that young Goans can get jobs in the IT industry.
“We will enable legal and sustainable mining. This will open up a large number of jobs for the people of Goa. Tourism is a huge asset of Goa. I have spoken to different players in the tourism industry and I have a plan to completely rejuvenate the tourism industry,” Gandhi said, responding to a question on how his party will create job opportunities.
Stating that the party did not make a bad decision in denying tickets and entry to defectors, he said Congress would get a majority and “act immediately” to form the next government.
In the 2017 elections, Congress, with 17 MPs, was the largest party but delayed formulating a plan to form an alliance government. “This time we are going to get a solid majority and we are going to act immediately to make sure we have a government in Goa. We will not miss. We will easily pass the majority bar,” Gandhi said.
The Congress struck a pre-election alliance with the regional GFP party and shared three seats with it for the 40-member Goa legislature.

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