Calls upon the people to vote for New India formation under Modi govt
PANJIM: Minutes before the campaigning for upcoming elections got over; Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant appealed people to elect the BJP in all the three Assembly constituencies, which will go for by-polls on April 23, to ensure stability of the incumbent State coalition government.
The ruling BJP has affirmed that they will win all the five seats in the State, including two Lok Sabha constituencies, with thumping majority, as they have been far ahead with the campaigning as against its political rivals.
Along with two Lok Sabha seats, by-elections are scheduled in Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa.
Addressing media persons on Sunday, Sawant appealed all Goans to vote for BJP in a bid to allow the State government to continue with its policies and governance. “People have seen our seven-year-long governance and in a bid to continue the governance at much higher scale, I would appeal the people to vote for BJP,” he said.
“In a bid to ensure stability of the coalition government, I want people to get us elected in all three by-elections,” Chief Minister said adding ‘Panjim constituency will also follow’.
Sawant, who campaigned in almost 38 constituencies, said the BJP, for the first time has also appealed voters to vote for New India formation under Narendra Modi government.
“We have reached out to people with one simple slogan of new India. We want people to support Modiji in new India formation,” he added.
Banking on its aggressive campaigning for Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls, Sawant said the BJP will win all the five seats in the State. “The way we have campaigned, we are surely going to win in all the constituencies,” he said.
BJP has fielded its sitting MPs – Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik (North Goa) and Narendra Sawaikar (South Goa) Lok Sabha seat, while Joshua D’Souza (Mapusa), Dayanand Sopte (Mandrem) and Subhash Shirodkar (Shiroda) for by-elections.
The Chief Minister said Naik has been Member of Parliament for last 20 years and people are aware about his work and they have decided to vote him for the fifth time again. He said Naik and Sawaikar have visited all 20 Assembly Constituencies in their respective parliamentary segment during their campaign.
“The public meetings, corner meetings and workers’ conventions were held in almost all the Assembly constituencies of the State thereby reaching to almost every voter. I don’t think that any other party has campaigned this way,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that there were initial apprehensions that BJP would lack in South Goa Parliamentary seat. “But now, we have managed to cover the ground. We are going to win South Goa seat too,” he said.
Sawant said he has visited almost all the Assembly constituencies during the campaigning except Madkai and Quepem. “I would have loved to visit Madkai but could not do that because I was preoccupied with several public meetings while the convention at Quepem had to be cancelled,” he added.
North Goa candidate Shripad Naik said the opposition had no issue to hold it as a plank against him during the campaigning due to which they were raising non-issues like performance.
“If I was inefficient, then I would not have got elected four times from the same Parliamentary constituency,” he said adding “this time, we will get more votes than the last time.”
Naik said that the allegations of non-performance against him could be demolished with the booklet that he has released giving details of works taken under MPLAD fund.
Cong manifesto supports terror, alleges Sawaikar
MARGAO: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha candidate for South Goa Narendra Sawaikar expressed confidence of winning the election and thanked the people for the overwhelming response to the party campaign. Speaking to media persons Narendra condemned the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka and claimed that the Congress manifesto was in fact supporting terrorism. He cautioned people against voting for such a party. “The response to the 350 different meetings we had during the 15-day campaign period leaves no doubt in our mind that the people have decided to bring Narendra Modi back to power,” he said adding that Modi has shown the people how government can adopt a development agenda. “Gone are the days when government used to be on caste and creed and henceforth it will only be development,” he said and added that Goa has also benefitted tremendously due to this agenda whether it was a new passport office at Margao, the immense infrastructure or the amendment to the CRZ to enable shack owners to keep their structures standing even during the monsoons.