PANJIM: Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and its likely ally Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) on Monday demanded an apology from Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa for the atrocities committed on the people of Goa during the Portuguese rule.
The demand comes days ahead of Costa’s two-day visit to Goa starting January 11, during which he is expected to attend various functions and also visit his ancestral house in Margao.
“The Portuguese Prime Minister should apologise to the people of Goa as soon as he lands, for all the atrocities committed on the people of Goa, while the Portuguese ruled Goa,” Former PWD Minister Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar said. He added, “There was maximum destruction done by the Portuguese by destroying temples and bridges, just as they left Goa in December 1961.”
Asked whether MGP would hold a protest on his arrival, Dhavalikar said, “He is visiting his ancestral place and his country. MGP will not protest on his arrival but he owes an apology.”
Demanding that the Portugal Consulate at Althino be shifted, he said, “The Portuguese consulate is trying to lure Goan youth for Portuguese citizenship and should be immediately shifted to New Delhi. Goa has lost almost 1.20 lakh voters due to dual citizenship.”
GSM also demanded an apology from the Portuguese Prime Minister during his visit. “We are fully in sync with the MGP demand seeking an apology from Portugal’s Prime Minister. We cannot openly welcome him although he is the Centre's guest. The oppression under the Portuguese rule, conversions and inhumane treatment is still fresh in the minds of Goans. Today’s generation is also affected. The English language culture was brought by them,” GSM President Anand Shirodkar said.