New Delhi, Feb. 6 -- A year after the Supreme Court banned mining in the coastal state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet a delegation of mining dependents from Goa along with the party's local MPs and ruling MLAs from the state's mining belt in the national capital on February 6, in a bid to restart mining.

The Congress has claimed that the meeting was nothing but another platform for a 'jumla' by Modi ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, as a means to placate the politically crucial mining belt, which accounts for more than half a dozen assembly segments.

A BJP MP, requesting anonymity told IANS that while the Prime Minister's Office had confirmed an audience with Modi, the exact time has not been conveyed yet.

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