Goa received ample funds from Centre

Times of India | 11 months ago | 06-02-2022 | 04:37 am

Goa received ample funds from Centre

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

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