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Delhi smog bigger concern or Goans’ protest against govt projects? CMs clash on Twitter

It all started when Delhi CM Kejriwal referred to the ongoing ‘Save Mollem’ campaign in Goa against 3 development projects that reportedly threaten key wildlife habitats.

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New Delhi: The chief ministers of Delhi and Goa have been engaged in a Twitter face-off this week over environment-related concerns in their jurisdictions.

It all started with a tweet by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on 9 November, where he referred to the ongoing ‘Save Mollem’ campaign in Goa against three development projects that reportedly threaten the state’s oldest wildlife sanctuary and a national park. He also referred to a movement underway in Goa against coal projects, under the banner of “Goyont Kollso Naka (We Don’t Want Coal in Goa)”.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant, subsequently said at a press conference Wednesday that Kejriwal should focus his attention on controlling the pollution situation in Delhi, referring to the “bad” air quality he witnessed in the national capital on a recent visit. 

Thus began a series of exchanges on Twitter, with Kejriwal retweeting a media report about Sawant’s statement and saying “we all have to work together to ensure there is no pollution in both Delhi and Goa”.

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Argument over central govt role too

Over a two-day spat where the last potshot was lobbed Thursday afternoon, the two chief ministers also argued over the role of the central government, with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kejriwal smelling a rat and BJP member Sawant defending his party’s administration at the Centre.

During the exchange, as Kejriwal raised the Mollem issue again, suggesting that the three projects were being forced on Goa by the central government, Sawant replied, “Knowing your expertise in creating Center vs State issues, we will skip your advice.” He also said there is no threat to Mollem.

When Kejriwal asked him to “listen to the voices of Goans”, even if he rejects his advice, Sawant said, “Our feet and ears are firmly on the ground.”

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