Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant’s decision to approach Union home minister Amit Shah has proven the Goa government’s inability to control sex trafficking and prostitution in the state, TMC said here on Thursday. TMC’s Goa unit said that Sawant has abdicated his responsibility and has failed to protect the people of Goa. “The failure of the BJP government in Goa is yet again brought to the fore Sawant’s inability to address the issue of increasing sex trafficking in Goa,” TMC’s Goa state in-charge Kirti Azad said. Sawant held a meeting with NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ) regarding sex trafficking during which he said that he will take up the issue with Shah during his next visit to New Delhi. Azad and former TMC vice-president Rajendra Kakodkar said that Sawant is passing the buck to the Centre instead of taking decisive steps to prevent prostitution in Goa. “Is it right for Sawant to pass the buck to the Union home minister for what is happening in the state? One wonders as to how Amit Shah sitting in Delhi is supposed to combat the issue of sex trafficking that is plaguing Goa,” Kakodkar said. “Goa TMC seeks accountability from the chief minister for the worsening condition of law and order in the state. It’s high time the chief minister takes stock of the situation,” Azad said.
Panaji: Agriculture minister Ravi Naik said the price of water has risen and will continue to rise. When home minister Amit Shah visited some time ago, “a bottle of water provided to him cost Rs 850, and it was bought from Mapusa”, Naik said at a function in Ponda on Tuesday. Citing a news report, he said that the time is not far when the price of water will be at par with that of gold, and hence, a state like Goa which receives ample rainfall must conserve water.
New Delhi: As exit polls predicted hung assembly in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about party’s electoral chances.Sawant reached national capital on Monday night and met Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday morning. Sources said that meeting lasted for about half an hour.“Chief Minister Sawant met Prime Minister and briefed him about BJP’s chances in the just concluded assembly polls in the state. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister held a detailed discussion over Goa assembly polls. Prime Minister wished Sawant electoral success in Goa,” sources said.Sawant also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.Party insiders said that the discussion of Sawant and central leadership was to find out ways to cross the halfway mark in case the BJP falls short of majority.Sources said that later Sawant went to Mumbai to meet party’s election in-charge for Goa Devendra Fadnavis and its desk in-charge C.T. Ravi.“After meeting Fadnavis and Ravi, Sawant will come back to Delhi. The Goa Chief Minister is likely to meet party chief J. P. Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday to discuss the strategy to form the government in the state if the BJP fails to get a simple majority,” the sources said.“After elections, I had not met PM Modi to brief him about the elections. The exit polls are also out, we have our survey too. So, I will give the detailed idea about the result and what can be done. We will also be discussing about formation of our government with the PM,” Sawant told reporters in Goa before leaving for Delhi.“We are fully confident that we are getting a majority and the BJP will form a government. Even if we fall short of one or two seats, I feel winning independent candidates will support us,” he also said.
Panaji: Union Home minister Amit Shah has insulted Goans and has failed to address the key concerns of the state, particularly unemployment, resumption of mining and the three linear projects coming up in Mollem, Congress said on Sunday. The party also said that Shah needs to know the three Cs of the BJP government — Covid mismanagement, corruption, and compromise on morals and principles. “BJP has been in Goa for 10 years and in these 10 years they have destroyed mining completely from Saptakoteshwar to Tambdi Surla, where people are completely jobless and thrown into poverty,” state Congress general secretary Sunil Kawthankar said. He said that Shah has come to hoodwink Goans ahead of the assembly elections slated for February 14. Kawthankar demanded an apology from Shah for disrespecting the people of Goa. “It was Amit Shah who said that the Prime Minister’s promise of Rs 15 lakh was a ‘chunavi jumla’ and if that is the seriousness that BJP shows about a promise made by the PM then we can understand how serious we should take the promises made by Amit Shah,” he said. He said that while Shah talks about a Golden Goa, BJP is out to destroy forests, destroy homes through the double tracking project and enhance coal transportation. “Congress has never harassed the poor and even those projects that were objected to were taken back. Here BJP is bulldozing projects and using lathi charge to suppress dissent.” AICC co-ordinator Taufik Mullani said that BJP is paying lip service to former defence minister Manohar Parrikar. “The former Maharashtra CM asks for votes in Parrikar’s name. Shah praises Parrikar and speaks about his legacy but today Shah has no time to meet Parrikar’s son and talk to him,” Mullani said.
Staff ReporterMapusaThe president of Goa All India Trinamool Congress unit and Aldona candidate Kiran Kandolkar, on Friday, hit out at the BJP over the fuel prices.Addressing the media, Kandolkar said, “Union Home Minister Amit Shah is coming to Goa on January 30 for the election campaign. I would like him to reply to a question of the people of Goa – whether prices of fuel and gas will again increase after the elections.”“The rates of fuel and gas cylindershave been stable for over the last two and a half months in view of the assembly elections. So, the people want to know whether these rates will continue to be the same even after the assembly elections. And, the Union Minister Amit Shah should give an answer during his visit to Goa,” he said. He said, “People of Goa are accepting Mamata’s leadership because they are upset with the leadership of Narendra Modi, and Congress is not serious, so the TMC is the only option,” he said.