MARGAO: Using the pending new district hospital project as an example of how the BJP had ignored the constituency, Congress launched a strong diatribe against the BJP government at Centre at a poll meeting held in Margao.
Former CM Digambar Kamat and Congress’s South Goa candidate Francisco Sardinha appealed to Goans to vote only for the Congress candidate as it is the only party concerned about the common man.
Addressing a corner meeting at Sirvodem, Kamat pointed out that Narendra Modi only made false promises as according to the BJP it did not expect to come to power in 2014 and pointed out that this was disclosed by none other than Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
He said while (late) former CM Manohar Parrikar rested due to his illness the administration in Goa totally collapsed and pointing out that lack of priorities of the BJP government he said while a third bridge across Mandovi could be constructed in four years, the district hospital in Margao is still under construction for seven years.
“The structure was ready in 2012 when I was the chief minister and since then it is only undergoing a fresh coat of paint probably because the hospital has decided that it should be commissioned only by a Congress government,” he said.
He urged the crowd to question the BJP workers when they come to seek votes why the district hospital is not yet ready and added that BJP is only bothered only about the rich sections.
Francisco Sardinha recalled that he had demanded a new bridge across river Zuari way back in 2012 which is now being constructed and exposed the misadventure called demonitisation that made only the common man suffer while the BJP and its rich friends could very conveniently convert all their black money.
Terming GST as Gabbar Singh Tax he said the BJP government did not study the matter at all and that is why while initially 180 items were brought under GST at present there are only 40 items. Recalling that he had got Rs. 500 crores sanctioned for upgrading the Dabolim airport, he said only Rs. 300 crore were spent and Rs. 200 crore are still lying with the government.