Panaji: AAP criticised Congress for not taking action against the eight MLAs who joined BJP and alleged that it only gives credence to the theory that there was a pre-election deal between the two parties.“It is the responsibility of Congress to take some serious legal action against the defectors, otherwise people will lose faith in democracy,” AAP’s state vice-president Valmiki Naik said.He said that Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat are the main people behind this deal. He alleged that Goa election in charge P Chidambaram, Goa desk in charge Dinesh Gundu Rao and ex-Congress state president Girish Chodankar were all involved.AAP urged Congress to make the affidavit signed by the MLAs ahead of the assembly polls public as AAP has already done.
PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the BJP would form the next government in the state, chief minister Pramod Sawant said after briefing the PM over political developments in Goa. The assembly results are scheduled to be declared on Thursday. “Modi told me that BJP will form the government,” Sawant told TOI from Delhi. Modi held the meeting with Sawant to review the political situation in the state. During the discussion, Modi took constituency-wise details about the number of seats BJP will secure in Goa. Sawant provided details to Modi on what the results would be, and how BJP would form the government. “We will form the next government in the state and in case we are short of a majority, independent MLAs will support BJP,” Sawant said. He added that if required, BJP would seek support of MGP. The CM told Modi that BJP is getting around 20 seats, and with the help of independent MLAs, BJP will form the government. Modi also deliberated on the possibilities of forming a coalition government just in case there was a fractured mandate. The meeting also discussed seeking support from independent MLAs or regional parties. All the exit polls on Monday have predicted a hung assembly in Goa. The election is crucial for BJP as well as for Sawant as both are facing anti-incumbency. BJP has contested all 40 assemblies for the first time, and it’s also the party’s first state election in the absence of their strategist, former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Modi addressed the people of the state during the election campaign and had said “Goa has decided that this wave of development and good governance should not slow down. Under the young leadership of chief minister Pramod Sawant, this journey will continue in the same manner”. Sawant, BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade and BJP’s Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting in Mumbai to discuss the formation of the next government. Fadnavis already held a meeting with senior MGP functionary Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar over the post-poll alliance. Dhavalikar had told Fadnavis that the MGP-TMC alliance would take a decision after the results. BJP had started approaching independent candidates who are likely to get elected in the assembly election, already hitting the drawing board to strategise how to form the next government.
MARGAO: A bag containing 40 cartridges belonging to the Indian Reserve Batallion (IRB) that proceeded to Uttar Pradesh from Goa for election duty that was found misplaced on Tuesday, was recovered by Margao police on Wednesday from the roadside at Davorlim. Police sources said that about 900 IRB personnel had departed by an UP-bound train from Margao railway station on Tuesday evening. They were ferried to the Margao railway station by buses. However, it was after the train departed from Margao railway station that the “missing” bag containing cartridges came to their notice. The Railway police were soon alerted, who in turn contacted the Margao town police who launched a search exercise on the routes taken by the buses to ferry the IRB personnel to the railway station. The bag was finally recovered from a roadside at Davorlim on Wednesday. Police surmise that the IRB personnel left the bag containing cartridges after alighting from the buses to proceed to the railway station.
Margao: In a major relief, the 40 live cartridges that were in the possession of IRB personnel headed for poll duty in Uttar Pradesh and had gone missing late on Tuesday night, were found in a gutter near Davorlim circle hardly half km away from the Margao railway station platform on Wednesday morning.Ten companies of IRBpolice personnel left by a train for Delhi from where they will travel to Uttar Pradesh. Four boxeswith each containing 10cartridgeshad gone missing. IRBpersonnel Nansekerhad made an application to the Margao police on Tuesday late night in which he had mentioned thatthe live cartridges in his possession had gone missing.He had reported that the cartridges went missing along the ring road between fire station and Davorlim circle. A search operation was conducted by police.Police teamengaged in the search operationhad visited the Konkan railway station area, checked the CCTV footagebesides parkingareaswhere buseshad dropped the IRBstaff, however, the cartridges were not found.However on Wednesday at around 10 a.m.,the four missing boxeswerefound in a gutter by LIB team of policewhich was also pressed into a search operation. It is still a mystery howthe live cartridges reached the gutter. Investigation is in progress. Police havekept the cartridges in custody after conducting legal formalities.
CALANGUTE: Former Calangute BJP MLA and minister Michael Lobo joined Congress because he knew there was an anti-incumbency mood against him, BJP Goa election in-charge and Maharashtra leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday. “He thinks by changing his party people will change their minds and he will win. He claims he works for people, but in reality he’s become the boss of the people and thinks he’s the king,” Fadnavis said at the opening of Calangute BJP candidate Joseph Sequeira’s campaign office. Sequeira said Lobo has spoiled the image of Goa’s tourism hub. “Today Calangute is known for drugs, prostitution, goondagiri. That is the development he has done in the 10 years he’s been MLA,” he said, further criticising Lobo for bringing Calangute under the North Goa Planning and Development Authority against peoples’ wishes.
Bicholim: BJP Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said that Goa has received ample financial support from the Centre and that people have benefited from the schemes that were launched by the late chief minister Manohar Parrikar. “On the other hand AAP and TMC have been giving hollow assurances to the people of Goa,” Fadnavis said while interacting with the party’s Bicholim workers. Commenting on the MGP-TMC alliance, Fadnavis said he had not expected that MGP, which was founded by former chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar would tie up with the Bengal party. MGP functionaries joining hands with TMC, he said will do a “greater harm” to Goa’s regional party. BJP’s Bicholim candidate Rajesh Patnekar said his earlier decision not to contest was “wrong” and that he would work hard to resolve issues of locals. TNN
Staff ReporterMapusa/CurchoremStating that Mapusa or other constituencies does not need proxy leaders, BJP Goa election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis said, “Some people in Bardez have amassed wealth and think they can buy people, capture and rule Bardez. People of Mapusa have to make a decision about the one who will be the real representative for Mapusa, Joshua or (Sudhir Kandolkar) whose remote control is in Calangute. People want local leaders and all qualities are in Joshua”.Fadnavis was speaking after inaugurating the election office of Mapusa BJP candidate Joshua de Sousa in the presence of state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade, former minister and Siolim candidate Dayanand Mandrekar, Aldona MLAGlenn Ticlo, chairperson Shubhangi Waingankar and othersin Mapusa on Saturday. Targeting Congress leader Michael Lobo without naming him, BJP Goa election in-charge Fadnavis said that some people want to rule Bardez. Basically, BJP does not need those who control people through remote control and we don’t have such people in our party.“People want to capture all constituencies in Bardez and therefore in every constituency, these leaders have got a proxy” said Fadnavis.He further said that a young leader like Joshua had a short span as MLA and would do more work in the future as MLA.Commenting on Utpal Parrikar and Laxmikant Parsekar, Fadnavis said that BJP had offered Utpal two constituencies to contest the elections for the upcoming Goa Assembly polls, wherein in one of the seat’s was a traditional BJP constituency however, he refused to accept the seats and decided to fight the election as an independent.State BJP president Sadanand Tanavade said that some people are spreading propaganda against the BJP and have entered Siolim for their own interest to establish their rule. These people should first try to manage their own constituency first.Meanwhile, while speaking in Curchorem Fadnavis said, that public memory is short and people forget the good work done but remember what is not done. So there is a need to remind people again and again what good work has been done for them. Candidate Nilesh Cabral said the two time victory as an MLA of Curchorem is the real victory of party workers. BJP is the only party in which the workers work for the party without any expectation, he said.
Panaji: All India Republican Party on Sunday extended its support to Congress in its fight to vote out the BJP-government in the coming assembly election. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar said that, in Goa, All India Republican Party has a presence in 16 constituencies and has active members, especially in Pernem, Mandrem, Tivim, Siolim and Aldona. “After discussion with their national president, they have agreed to work for our candidates,” Chodankar announced at a press conference, which was attended by All India Republican Party’s state president, Dyaneshwar Varkhandkar. Varkhandkar said they are supporting Congress to defeat BJP. “Congress is a secular party and has always worked for the people of Goa.” They have discussed their demands with Congress.
Panaji: While welcoming the decision of the election commission of India (ECI) to hold assembly election in Goa on February 14, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) president Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar on Saturday urged the people of the state to vote for change and defeat the corrupt government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). MGP will announce the first list of its candidates on January 13. Dhavalikar said that the poll watchdog should implement strict guidelines issued by them not only against the opposition, but also the ruling party and the government machinery. He also said that the party is all set to go for election with the alliance with Trinamool Congress (TMC) and seat sharing would be done on January 13.
GOA: The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced dates for assembly elections in Goa on Saturday. The polls will be held in the state on February 14 and counting of votes will take place on March 10. The 40 assembly constituencies will vote in one single phase. The ruling BJP looks to retain power against challenges from Congress, and debutantes Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Besides Goa, the EC also declared poll dates for 4 other states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur. The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect in the five states with the announcement of elections. No physical rallies will be allowed till January 15 in wake of Covid-related concerns. A review to be done at appropriate time, said the CEC.
Margao: Congress observer for Goa, former finance minister, P Chidambaram, on Sunday exhorted party workers from Navelim constituency to sink all their differences and put up a united front once the candidature is announced so as to ensure that Congress retains the seat. Stating that the party has zeroed in on two candidates for the constituency, Chidambaram urged party workers to work wholeheartedly for whoever gets the ticket. Congress suffered a huge setback following the exit of its Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro two months ago, who is now the national vice-president of Trinamool Congress (TMC). The Navelim seat, a traditional stronghold of Congress, is likely to witness a fierce battle as Nationalist Congress Partyâs (NCP) Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao â who is likely to severe ties with NCP and declare his next moves soon â is determined to field his daughter, Valanka, from Navelim. Avertano Furtado who had contested against Faleiro in the 2017 polls as a BJP-backed independent, is now in the Congress camp and among its probable candidates. Speaking further, Chidambaram apologised on behalf of Congress for the defection by several of its MLAs to BJP, betraying the peopleâs mandate. In order to ensure that defections donât recur, Chidambaram said, âSince you will be choosing your candidates, you have to make them accountable so that they donât switch parties.â Exuding confidence that Congress will form the next government in Goa, Chidambaram said, âWhoever wins Goa will win the Parliament election. We won the Goa election in 2007, and in 2009 we won the Parliament election. In 2012 we lost the Goa election and in 2014 we lost the Parliament election. This time we are determined to win Goa and then win India.â Hitting out at the BJP government for rising prices, Chidambaram assured that Congress will reduce taxes once it forms the government. He also said that Congress was exploring ways to generate employment and thereby prevent brain drain. Leader of opposition Digambar Kamat said that people were fed up with the BJP governmentâs false promises, and urged people to bring Congress back in the forthcoming polls.
Ponda: Congress MLA and former chief minister Ravi Naik did not attend the party meeting held in Ponda for party workers on Sunday. Congress Goa election observer P Chidambaram said he was not aware why Naik didn’t attend the meeting. Some party functionaries said they were not taken by surprise saying they had stopped counting on him after both his sons joined BJP. Goa desk in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao, opposition leader Digambar Kamat, GPCC president Girish Chodankar, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha Ponda and block Congress president John Pereira were present.