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Former Union Minister to lead delegation to New Delhi

Delegation to comprise Congress leaders from North Goa `Project being stalled under pressure from leaders from South Goa'

PANAJI: The ruling Congress continues to be divided over the Mopa airport issue with former Union Law Minister Ramakant Khalap, who is a member of the All India Congress Committee, opposing the decision of the Government to put the Mopa airport proposal on hold.

He said a delegation of Congress leaders from North Goa will be taken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to persuade them to instruct the Goa Government not to stop the ongoing process of land acquisition and other works for the proposed airport.

He criticised the decision to put the proposal on hold by the Government on account of pressure from some leaders from South Goa. Mr. Khalap, accompanied by North Goa District Congress Committee President Gurudas Gauns, said a meeting of Congress leaders from North Goa will be held in Mapusa on Wednesday to chalk out an action plan to impress upon the party the need to continue work on the Mopa airport. Mr. Khalap expressed apprehension that the neighbouring States of Maharashtra and Karnataka may try to set up an airport in their territory if Goa fails to take it up.