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BJP reluctant to fulfill Special Status promise: GMSS

10 Oct 2015 06:48am IST

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10 Oct 2015 06:48am IST

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PANJIM: After using ‘special status’ as a weapon to garner votes in the March 2012 assembly elections, the BJP-led coalition is now reluctant to fulfill its promise to protect the State’s unique identity, Goa’s Movement for Special Status (GMSS) alleged.

PANJIM: After using ‘special status’ as a weapon to garner votes in the March 2012 assembly elections, the BJP-led coalition is now reluctant to fulfill its promise to protect the State’s unique identity, Goa’s Movement for Special Status (GMSS) alleged.

The group of like-minded activists anticipates that political parties will again raise the issue during the 2017 elections, and then disappoint citizens.

“Successive governments promised to grant special status for Goa but they did nothing. The BJP’s 2012 election promise was to fulfill the long-pending demand and till date we see nothing. Now with the 2017 elections approaching, the political parties will again pick the topic to win people’s support,” GMSS Convener Prajal Sakhardande said on Friday.

He said that MPs Shripad Naik and Narendra Sawaikar had given a lukewarm response to their demand while Union Defence minister Manohar Parrikar also disappointed the State. 

“Till our last meeting with him in December 2014, Parrikar assured us that special status is possible. But his recent statement speaks otherwise,” Sakhardande said.

To intensify its demand, the group recently formed youth wings in both districts, besides a women’s group. “The youth wing has started tapping college students and has also started a whatsapp group,” he said adding they have planned to hold a candlelight march on October 17 in Panjim.

The newly-elected members have questioned the government’s intention over giving jobs to Goans.

It has also expressed discontent that in the recent reshuffle, the govt stripped Alina Saldanha of the Environment and Forests portfolio.
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