Sunburn Festival News

Sunburn 2022 extended by a day ‘to provide stage to Goan artistes’
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: The electronic dance music festival Sunburn, scheduled for December 28-30, has now been extended by a day with the specific aim to showcase Goan culture and artistes. However, it hasn’t yet been decided if the ‘Goa day’ will be before or after the three days of EDM. Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte told TOI that the proposal is before the department, and a decision on this would be taken after consulting the CM. Two months ago, Khaunte made it clear that the government wants Goan culture and Goan artisties to be given space at big-ticket events in the state. Even as Khaunte made the demand that Sunburn 2022 should be a bit different, its organisers maintain that Goa has always been at the festival’s centrestage. “Over the past 15 years, Sunburn has always integrated the spirit of Goa into the flagship festival,” said Harindra Singh, chairman and managing director of Percept, which runs the festival. “Across all areas of content, communication and the on-ground event, Sunburn has integrated and presented the unique essence and elements of the state spanning decor, design, food, beverage, and more. Even the festival name incorporates the name of the state to say ‘Sunburn Goa’ across all mediums of communication since its inception in 2007,” said Singh. He also said that Percept is currently in dialogue with Goa tourism and will jointly identify the best means by which they can curate a distinct zone dedicated to showcase the dynamic quintessence of Goa — food, beverage, music, talent, dance, art, history, culture and much more. “We will be working closely with Goa tourism to finalise the same,” said Singh. The local artistes who will perform at the venue will be decided by the tourism department, he said.

Sunburn 2022 extended by a day ‘to provide stage to Goan artistes’
Stakeholders sceptical over govt’s ability to host EDM fest
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte’s recent statement on his ministry’s desire to hold an EDM-like festival in December has surprised industry stakeholders. Some feel it is a good move provided the tourism department does away with middlemen and agents who inevitably find themselves in a prominent role. Some stakeholders though said it is a difficult proposition considering the past record of the tourism ministry. Ralph de Sousa, president of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), said the idea sounds good if the government does it “professionally”. Another stakeholder said he was not opposed to the government’s plan, and it can do it if it has the wherewithal to do so. “I don’t know how they will do it but there is no harm in trying. With no experience in the field, the tourism department should plan such an event for 2023 instead of this December,” he said. Nilesh Shah, president of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) said he will have to discuss the matter with the members of the trade when asked for his view on the minister’s statement. Khaunte had also stated that the government was contemplating having a music festival and that if its plan is confirmed, the organisers of Sunburn may not be given permission as their (government’s) festival will also be held at the same time. The organisers of Sunburn have proposed to hold the festival from December 28 to 30 this year. A senior member of the trade said he was not at all in favour of the government getting into the organisation of such a festival which requires planning to be done well in advance, booking international artistes and marketing the event well. “Sunburn is the brand that’s been built over a decade. Why does the government want to get into something where its presence is not warranted? It should focus on areas where it can do a better job,” he said. Another member of the trade said Goa tourism has invited private players to develop some of its properties because it does not have funds. “I’m at a loss to understand why it wants to get involved in something it has no expertise in at all. I’m sure the department will have to depend on or probably appoint an agency to suggest names of top artistes who can be invited for the festival. What a waste of time,” he added.

Stakeholders sceptical over govt’s ability to host EDM fest
Govt may organise its own EDM festival, says Khaunte
Navhind Times | 4 months ago | |
Navhind Times
4 months ago | |

He says Sunburn promoter has not applied for permissionPanaji: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte on Tuesday said the state government is contemplating to organise its own music festival in Goa in December on the lines of the Sunburn electronic dance music (EDM) festival.Interacting with media persons at Dona Paula, Khaunte informed that the promoter of the Sunburn festival has not applied for any permission with the tourism department.It is pertinent to note that the promoter of the Sunburn festival has already announced that a three-day EDM festival will be held at Vagator from December 28 to 30 and has reportedly sold 70% early bird tickets online.“I don’t know who has given permission to Sunburn. Nobody has approached the Tourism Department or sought any permission. As Goa government, we are contemplating having ourown festival. If we are able to create a festival this year-end by having different flavours on the same lines, then why not?” Khaunte said.“Promoters of Sunburn should realise that they require permissions from the Goa government. They should not take the government for granted. If the music festival, which we are mulling at that particular time, materialises, then Sunburn may not find a place,” he added. He said the government’s festival could be week-long and of different genres of music including EDM.Later in the day, Khaunte inspected the Dona Paula jetty, which has been rebuilt by the government, along with officials of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation and the Tourism Department.“Restoration of what was there was very important and they have done it. We have heard the story of Dona and Paula in our childhood. We need to promote it in the right sense. Before throwing the jetty open for tourists, we need to have a departmental meeting and we also need to talk to the local MLA. We have to see that vendors are allotted the erected stalls,” the Minister said. He said the work to rebuild the lower part of the jetty would be taken up soon by the government.During inspection, aggrieved vendors pointed out that the area of the newly-erected stalls is substantially less than the area prescribed by the court in its judgment. They also expressed dissatisfaction over the design of the stalls. Khaunte patiently heard their grievances and assured to address them at the earliest.

Govt may organise its own EDM festival, says Khaunte
  • Govt may organise its own EDM fest in December: Goa tourism minister
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said on Tuesday that the government was contemplating organising an electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Goa, and that the government may not permit Sunburn in December if its dates clash with the state’s festival. “Sunburn has not been given permission nor has it approached the tourism department,” Khaunte said. “The Goa government is trying to have its own festival this year with a different flavour. If we are able to organise it in December at the same time as that of Sunburn, the latter may not find a space.” Khaunte was answering queries if Sunburn would happen in Goa this year. Meanwhile, Sunburn organisers have declared the dates for the festival. The organisers said that it will take place on December 28, 29, 30, and have already started marketing the event. Khaunte said that the government was pondering on having this festival, but that the organisers of Sunburn must understand that they need to have permission from the government to conduct their festival. “We welcome such a festival, but organisers can’t take the government for granted,” Khaunte said. He said the organisers adopt a similar strategy every time but this time, “it will not be tolerated”. A tourism official, however, said that they have received a proposal from organisers of Sunburn seeking permission to conduct the festival in December, and that the government has yet to take a call on it. The organisers had declared the dates last week. The tourism minister said that EDM festivals are required to attract certain people, however the format of the government’s festival has not been decided yet. The proposed festival will be a weeklong affair kick-starting on December 26 and going on till December 31. “If Goa can create its own identity, why not try it. Whether we are ready or not, the state should start identifying spaces for having such events. We will do it in a better way,” he said.

Percept seeks govt nod for Sunburn music fest in Dec
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Panaji: The organisers of the electronic dance music (EDM) festival Sunburn have, this time around, submitted their proposal to the state tourism department seven months in advance seeking a decision on conducting the big-ticket event from December 28 to 30. In the past, despite the department having a state-level permission committee (SLPC) in place, the organisers were made to wait for months for approval. It didn’t help that the last two seasons were a dud due to pandemic-induced restrictions. Harindra Singh, chairman and managing director of entertainment conglomerate Percept Ltd, recently told TOI that although they have submitted a proposal to the tourism department to organise Sunburn, it will be held subject to permission from the Goa government. “We need a headstart to confirm artistes and market the event. A big-scale event needs a lot of planning. We have announced the dates, but it will not be held if the government declines us permission,” he said. Incidentally, the SLPC, which vetted proposals for mega tourism events, has ceased to exist after the formation of the Goa Tourism Board that has a provision to constitute various committees to decide on tourism activities. The board, however, hasn’t met since the new government was formed in March, and its first meeting held only in November last year. Also, the government is yet to appoint a chief executive officer for the board. “The tourism board has not met, but the government can decide on the proposal provided the fire services, police and health services give their say. The government need not wait till the board meets and gives its decision,” said a tourism official while confirming that a proposal has been received from the organisers of Sunburn. A tourism stakeholder said that whatever be the government’s decision on tourism-related events, it has to be taken early to provide adequate time to organisers for planning and execution. “It is irrelevant if an event is big or small, the organisers should not be made to run from pillar to post seeking permissions. Over the past few years, we have been hearing of ease of doing business, but nothing has translated on the ground,” the stakeholder said.

Percept seeks govt nod for Sunburn music fest in Dec
CM to blame for steep rise in Covid cases: Cong
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Panaji: The Pramod Sawant-led government has failed to learn from the first two Covid waves and continues to put the lives of Goans at risk, said Congress here on Saturday. Congress said that despite the steep rise in Covid cases, Covid care centres had not been made operational. The party also said that BJP continues to flout all Covid restrictions while campaigning, but the opposition parties are being penalised for small infringements. “Sawant failed to learn from the past. Thousands of patients succumbed and continue to succumb to Covid. Now again he is committing the same mistakes. So far, he has not made provisions for Covid care centres other than GMC,” said state Youth Congress president Varad Mardolkar. “Even now, Covid patients from Canacona have to come all the way to GMC.” Mardolkar said that the state is paying for the government’s refusal to heed the warnings issued in December. “Cases had begun to rise, but here in Goa, there were no curbs. We welcomed tourists who did not follow rules. Now our positivity rate is close to 40% and this must be the highest in the country,” Mardolkar said. He said that despite the chief minister’s assurance that Sunburn would not be allowed to be held in the state, the popular music festival went on with at least 12,000 people participating. The party said that double standards are being applied in the state for the election campaign with BJP getting a free pass from the Election Commission of India. “At present BJP leaders, including Sadanand Shet Tanavade and Rohan Khaunte are campaigning with more than 100 people. They are violating Covid protocols, but no action has been taken on them,” Mardolkar said. “Congress leader Michael Lobo was addressing a press conference in Cumbarjua and he was restrained by a flying squad.” Sawant failed to learn from the past. Thousands of patients succumbed and continue to succumb to Covid. Now again he is committing the same mistakes. So far, he has not made provisions for Covid care centres other than GMC

CM to blame for steep rise in Covid cases: Cong
Statement on rebuilding temples was twisted: CM
Navhind Times | 8 months ago | |
Navhind Times
8 months ago | |

Soiru VelipPanajiChief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that he stood by his statement on rebuilding temples that were destroyed during the colonial Portuguese rule.In an exclusive interview to The Navhind Times, he said, “I stand by what I have said. But my statement was taken wrongly or it was twisted by some people.”He said that he firmly believes the government must preserve the cultural heritage of the state, and it should rebuild temples that are in a bad shape. “That does not mean we will demolish churches. I do not have such a thought of demolishing any church or mosque in my mind. In Goa, all Hindus, Christians and Muslims are living together peacefully,” he said.On the job front, the Chief Minister said approximately 5,500 posts had been filled in various departments by his government and the process for filling another 4,500 posts was underway. The government is trying to fill the remaining posts as soon as possible, provided the model code of conduct for the assembly polls is not imposed immediately, he said. “In the next five years, another 5,000 posts will become vacant, as many employees are retiring. Besides this, the government is also creating jobs in the private sector. The first phase of the Mopa international airport will be operational by August 15, 2022, and jobs in skilled and unskilled categories will be created in a big way,” he said.With regard to mining, the Chief Minister said talks with the State Bank of India were underway for finalising the process for auctioning leases. “I think it should be finalised soon,” he said when asked about the announcement that around 6-8 mining leases would be finalised for auction by December 15, 2021.On the demolition of a controversial structure at a world heritage site in Old Goa, Sawant said the Town and Country Planning Department and the Old Goa village panchayat had already acted against the structure, and they would take further action as required under law.On the flouting of COVID-19 protocols at the recently held Sunburn music festival at Vagator, the Chief Minister said he had already given instructions to the District Collector of North Goa to take necessary action against theorganisers.

Statement on rebuilding temples was twisted: CM
COVID surge: Churchill demands stricter measures at state borders
Navhind Times | 8 months ago | |
Navhind Times
8 months ago | |

Margao: Benaulim’s recently-inducted TMC leader Churchill Alemao has called on the state government to adopt stricter measures to prevent the spread of COVID cases in the state including a stop to events like Sunburn and to put stricter rules along the state’s borders.Speaking to media persons at his office in Varca, Alemao said, “As of yesterday there were 112 cases and very soon they will increase to 500 per day if precautions are not taken. Events like Sunburn should not be allowed and should be stopped immediately. We cannot stop Indians from coming to the state but restrictions, measures and a system should be put in place to prevent another COVID wave. We Goans were happy that we could celebrate Christmas, we would also like to celebrate the New Year.”Speaking further, Alemao urged the government to clamp down on drugs saying, “So many youth have taken to drugs and ruined their lives. To stop this, the authorities, whether police or government, should be strict and take action. I also ask every parent to talk to their children and ask them to stop. The Chief Minister should look into this issue and stop it immediately.”Commenting on his decision to join the TMC, Alemao said he was always with parties that were secular and added that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is the only leader capable of fighting against Narendra Modi and the BJP.“My conscience has always told me to be with a secular party. I have known Mamata since my days of being an MP and I know her work. She has shown it with the elections in West Bengal. TMC will form the next government and only Banerjee can pose a good challenge to Modi. This is why I have joined and I have confidence in my people, who I have always been with, that TMC will form government,” he said.

COVID surge: Churchill demands stricter measures at state borders
Sunburn on despite CMs word that it wont be held
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Saligao: North Goa Congress president Vijay Bhike on Tuesday slammed chief minister Pramod Sawant for allowing the Sunburn music festival to go ahead amidst rising Omicron fears and despite a clear-cut assurance that the festival would not be allowed this year in Goa. Pointing out that Sunburn, in a different form, has begun in full-flow with thousands of party goers in attendance, Bhike questioned Sawant’s authority and the value of his assurance given to the people of Goa. “Sawant had categorically told people through the media that the Sunburn festival was not going to be held and that he himself had put a note on the file rejecting it. Despite his words, the party is going ahead in full steam, making a mockery of the chief minister’s statement,” Bhike said. He also hit out at the government for indulging in doublespeak. “The government advises citizens to take care and on the other hand allows such festivals which could turn out to be superspreader events,” he said, adding that the impact of the festival will be known over the coming weeks. “Sawant and his government of incompetents has proven time and again that the welfare of Goans is the last thing on their mind,” he said. Raising an alarm at the rising number of cases across the country, including Goa, in the wake of the Omicron variant, Bhike demanded that the state begin to strictly enforce mandatory protocol measures including at various party zones and that those failing to enforce them should be punished.

Sunburn on despite CMs word that it wont be held
Goa: AAP, TMC want to ‘finish’ Congress for BJP’s gain, says Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Margao: Former Benaulim MLA Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco on Tuesday said that both Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have come to Goa with the sole purpose of “finishing” Congress from the state and thereby facilitating BJP’s return to office. Addressing mediapersons, Pacheco alleged that both the parties have been funded by industrialist Adani, who, he said, has close ties with BJP so as to ensure that that all big infrastructural projects in which he has interests, have a smooth run. “So, indirectly, it is BJP which has brought both these parties to Goa,” Pacheco said. “They haven’t come on their own will. The sole aim is to reduce Congress votes to the extent possible. Today, all major businesses are in the hands of Adani. The BJP government is spending huge amounts of taxpayers’ money on projects which will favour only Adani. Because, if Congress comes to office, all these projects opposed by people will be scrapped. So Adani is helping BJP in curtailing Congress votes by funding these parties.” He further alleged that both AAP and TMC were offering crores of rupees to politicians to join TMC. He claimed that he declined TMC’s offer to join the party. Pacheco further criticised the government for allowing Sunburn festival in the state despite declaring that no permission will be given for it this year. “The festival has begun, and it is attracting huge crowds. Even if 2-3 persons from the crowd are infected, the spread will be difficult to contain. The festival needs to be stopped immediately,” he said. He also came down on the government for processing applications received under amended 16-B of the Town and Country Planning Act as, he said, the matter was now in the court. “The government appears to have given its ministers a free hand to loot, he said.

Goa: AAP, TMC want to ‘finish’ Congress for BJP’s gain, says Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco
‘Govt dithering on imposing night curfew’
Navhind Times | 8 months ago | |
Navhind Times
8 months ago | |

Mapusa: Goa Pradesh Youth Congress committee onTuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will be responsible if there is a third wave of COVID in the state as despite the neighbouring states imposing night curfew, the state is yet to take any action.On Tuesday evening, a delegation of Youth Congress led by its president Varad Mardolkarvisited the Deputy Collector I office at Mapusa “to question about the ongoing Sunburn event underway at Vagator.”The Congress leaders said, “More than 5,000 people are attending the event and raised apprehension over the COVID situation.”The delegation questioned the officials whether any permission was given for the Sunburn event.In absence of Deputy Collector, the Mamlatdar informed the delegation that no permission is given for Sunburn event.Speaking to media persons, Mardolkar said, “We approached the deputy collector office after we received information about the Sunburn event which was attended by 5,000-plus people. We were told no permission was given for Sunburn. Last time authorities did not act which resulted in the death of 3,500 people in the second wave.”

‘Govt dithering on imposing night curfew’
  • No Night Curfew For Now, May Affect Tourism: Goa Chief Minister
  • Ndtv

    Goa government was monitoring the COVID-19 positivity rate, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.Panaji: The Goa government on Tuesday decided not to impose night curfew in the coastal state for now so that the tourism business amid the Christmas-New Year festival season is not affected.Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters in Panaji that his government was monitoring the COVID-19 positivity rate and stringent decisions would be taken during the meeting of the task force scheduled to be held on January 3 in case this rate rises."Imposing immediate night curfew is not feasible being a tourist state. We will need time. We have appealed to tourists to take maximum precautions. The health department and police have been instructed to ensure COVID-19 norms are not violated," he said.The positivity rate (infections detected per 100 tests) stood at 4.03 per cent on Tuesday, up from 3.99 on Monday, with the chief minister saying this rise was caused by two weddings that saw attendees from London and Germany.He asked local residents to not party with foreign nationals who are yet to complete their quarantine period."There are 1,300 foreigners who have arrived here recently. Their re-testing would be done after quarantine period is over. The maximum number of tourists will arrive in Goa on December 31," Sawant said.He informed that 94 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries in the state were fully vaccinated, while the remaining six percent were "delaying in taking the dose".PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSawant said, as per the Centre's order, those in the 15-18 age group will be vaccinated against COVID-19 from January 3 and registration for this drive will begin on January 1, on which date precaution dose administration for frontline staff and healthcare workers will also start.The state will install genome sequencing facilities at Goa Medical College and Directorate of Health Services for detection of the Omicron variant, the CM said, adding that a US-based firm had agreed to provide one such machine free of cost, which would be kept at DHS.

Goa airport, rail stations on alert, high-level meet today, says CM Pramod Sawant
Times of India | 9 months ago | |
Times of India
9 months ago | |

Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday that the Goa International Airport and all railway stations have been put on alert in view of the omicron variant of Covid-19. He also said that a high-level meeting will be held on Tuesday with the health department, among others, to discuss precautions to prevent its spread. Sawant said that the state is following central guidelines on the issue and “will keep close watch on international passengers”. The chief minister urged the people of the state to take precautions against those arriving in Goa from outside the state and from abroad. He stated that testing for Covid-19 has already increased. The chief minister appealed to the people to take their vaccine to avoid the spread of Covid-19. He also said that the state government has only taken a decision to start offline classes for students of Classes VII and VIII, and not other (lower) classes. Classes IX to XII had already begun in a staggered manner since last month across the state. On Sunburn, Sawant reiterated that the electronic dance music (EDM) festival will not be held in Goa this year, “but if somebody is organising the same party in the name of Sunburn, then it is their event”. The chief minister claimed that during his tenure, police have started acting against the drug mafia, and that “big seizures” have taken place. He also said that his aim is to make Goa drug-free, and that action would be taken against the drug mafia.

Goa airport, rail stations on alert, high-level meet today, says CM Pramod Sawant
Goa: Now, Sunburn to be held on smaller scale, say organisers
Times of India | 9 months ago | |
Times of India
9 months ago | |

PANAJI: After chief minister Pramod Sawant announced on Wednesday that he has denied permission to host the electronic dance music festival Sunburn at Vagator next month, its organisers said on Friday that instead of a mega event, they will hold a smaller event from December 27 to 29. “Bearing in mind the improving situation and with nightlife and events slowly making a comeback, Percept has tied up with Hilltop, Vagator, to produce a smaller, limited capacity Sunburn from December 27-29 at Hilltop, Vagator,” read a statement by Percept Live. Under advice from the government of Goa, it was decided to not pursue a mega festival any further due to the Covid pandemic, the organisers said. ‘No permission as BJP afraid third wave may mar its image’The smaller event, the organisers said, “is being organised with the support of the requisite authorities. The planning for the same is under way”. Last year, the government had withdrawn permission granted to the electronic dance music festival after public outcry, coupled with protests by Congress. This year, the application was kept pending for over four months even as Percept Live had started marketing the event and tickets were sold with a condition that only people who are vaccinated will be allowed. The denial of permission for the event came as a surprise to many as all other tourism-related activities, including casinos, are functioning at full capacity. A source said that the government has denied per mission for the event as it does not want to give another tool to the opposition and hold it responsible if a third wave erupts. “BJP’s government’s image took a massive beating during the second wave as over 2,000 people died as it failed to manage the pandemic. It can’t afford another blow with just two months left for assembly polls. It will be suicidal even as the pandemic situation is under control now,” he said.

Goa: Now, Sunburn to be held on smaller scale, say organisers
  • Sunburn will not be allowed in Goa this year, says CM Pramod Sawant
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday that the electronic dance music (EDM) festival Sunburn won’t happen in Goa this year. However, tourism minister Manohar Agjaonkar said that once Goa’s eligible population is covered with both doses of the vaccine, the festival can be held in January or February next year. After the CM, post-cabinet meeting, said that it has been decided not to grant permission for the festival, Ajgaonkar said he hadn’t been informed about the decision. However, he added that it was the “right decision” given the pandemic situation. “We have not given permission to hold Sunburn this time,” said Sawant. “We are not having Sunburn this year. I have cancelled it. I have already made the note on the file and have sent it back.” The festival organisers had announced on October 24 that they would hold the EDM on December 28, 29 and 30 this year at Vagator, with limited entry. Ajgaonkar explained that he had sent the proposal to hold Sunburn for the chief minister’s approval, as he felt the situation was conducive for it. “Whether any event should take place or not, the final call is with the CM,” he said. “There is a pandemic, and he knows better what the exact situation is like. We had approved the file and sent it to the CM to take the call. CM must have taken the decision because he thinks the situation is not right for it. According to me, the situation was right.” He said that at Sunburn, the crowd runs in lakhs. “We should not think of profit and loss at this moment,” he said. “We have to give priority to save Goans’ lives. Once the entire Goa population is covered with both doses of the vaccine, any event can take place in the state. Until then, we are not safe. If the vaccination target is achieved by January-February, the event can take place. Those coming in for the fest should also have taken both doses. The show must go on.” He said the chief minister has possibly taken the decision respecting the wishes of the local people. “What the people want has to happen in the end,” Ajgaonkar said. “The CM has taken the decision by studying the entire situation. I cannot take any decision on my own without the CM’s approval. CM had not told me that he would not give approval. His decision is final.”

  • No Sunburn Festival This Year As Well, Says Goa CM Pramod Sawant
  • News18

    (Image: News18)The Goa government on Wednesday said it will not grant permission to organise the 15th edition of the Sunburn EDM festival, slated to be held in December. "The state government has refused the permission to host the Sunburn festival in Goa. I have already signed the file refusing the permission," Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters after chairing a state cabinet meeting refusing to elaborate. The 15th edition of the Sunburn Festival was slated for December this year at Vagator with the organisers announcing that only fully vaccinated participants will be allowed. Meanwhile, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said it is the CM's prerogative whether to refuse or allow permission to organise the Sunburn festival. We have to respect the decision of the chief minister," he said. Sunburn is a commercial electronic dance music festival held in India.Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.

Goa CM Says BJP Open to Poll Tie-up with 'Like-minded' Parties
News18 | 10 months ago | |
News18
10 months ago | |

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said the party was open to alliance with 'like-minded' parties. (File photo: IANS)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the BJP is open for an alliance with “like-minded" parties, including the former ally MGP, for the upcoming legislative assembly elections. Talking to reporters here, Sawant said a final decision on alliance will be taken by central leaders of the party, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda.“We are open for an alliance with like-minded parties for the next elections," he said. Asked whether poll tie-up talks can happen with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) also, the CM replied in the affirmative.Sawant said considering the fact that some “destructive" political parties were trying to enter the electoral fray in Goa, it is imperative for the BJP and like-minded parties to join hands.The MGP is Goa’s oldest regional party which had snapped its ties with the ruling BJP earlier.Elections to the 40-member Goa assembly are due in early 2022.Goa BJP Minister's Brother Booked for Abetting MGP Neta Prakash Naik's SuicideAnother Tourist Dies After Complaining of 'Uneasiness' at Goa's Sunburn FestivalRead all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.

Goa CM Says BJP Open to Poll Tie-up with 'Like-minded' Parties