Herald: If can’t give special status to Goa, make Goans feel special: GFP
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If can’t give special status to Goa, make Goans feel special: GFP

09 Feb 2019 05:50am IST

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09 Feb 2019 05:50am IST

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Party not to contest LS polls; Its chief says there are no friendly fights in politics

MARGAO: Stating that Goa Forward Party (GFP), being a regional party, will not contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections party supremo Vijai Sardessai asserted that there are no friendly fights in politics and said Goans will have to be made to feel that they are given special status.

Speaking to media persons, he said both the Congress and the BJP have stated that Special Status cannot be granted to Goa. “If that is not possible then Goans have to be made to feel as if they have got special status by special laws or schemes,” Vijai said.

Pointing out that the Rs 20,000 crore worth infrastructure development undertaken in Goa by the present Central government is one scheme that indicates that Goa is being given special treatment. Other regional aspirations like the Coastal Regulation Zone also need to be addressed, he said.

“Legalising dhirio as it is a traditional sport where there is no cruelty to animals is another issue very dear to Goans and I feel it should be legalized as it is a sport just like boxing where there is no cruelty but only a sport,” he said.

He informed that the passport office at Matanhy Saldanha Administrative Complex will be inaugurated on February 14.

Vijai acknowledged that without the help from the government at the Centre it would not be possible to make Goa a world class destination.

“There are no friendly fights in politics and it is not correct for coalition partners to contest against each other,” he said reacting to MGP’s plans to contest the by-elections in Goa and pointed out that the coalition government in Goa was a post poll coalition and not pre-poll one.

Refusing to divulge any information about his Plan ‘B’, he pointed out that even before the Assembly Election results were declared he had said that Manohar Parrikar was the strongest candidate of the BJP to be the chief minister.

“Nobody took me seriously then and pointed out that he was the Defence Minister, but ultimately what I said came true so similarly if you do not wish to believe me now on Plan ‘B’ be free to, but when the time comes I shall be proven right,” he said.

Asserting that there would be no dissolution of the House, he said that it was a strategy of the Congress Party to frighten MLAs and reminded that the Chief Minister had clearly rebutted all talks about dissolution.

However, he admitted that some bureaucrats are in favour of having the Lok Sabha elections and the by-elections to the two Assembly seats together.
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