Digambar Kamat, leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP), stated Friday at an event commemorating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s 77th birthday that while he created Goa into a state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made it into a ‘Crony Estate’.
Digambar Kamat, Goa’s Leader of the Opposition, stated during a Congress Party event that “Rajiv Gandhi, India’s former visionary Prime Minister, will never be forgotten for his enormous contribution to the welfare of Goans. He elevated the Union Territory of Goa to the status of a state. Regrettably, it has been transformed into a ‘Crony Estate’ during the last nine years by the most callous and irresponsible BJP Government.”
“Rajiv Gandhi’s ambition for Goa was to empower the people and transform the state into wealth. As the BJP has failed to fulfil its obligation, let us all stand to safeguard Goans’ safety and security. This irresponsible government offers no hope. The BJP has ruined Goans’ dreams. Let us all work together to reintroduce a Congress-led government in 2022 “Kamat stated.
“It is regrettable that the BJP Government that came to office in 2012 failed to keep even a single promise made to the Goan people. Today, the BJP government has sullied Goa’s identity by bringing in environmentally destructive projects. They used our Mother Mhadei to further their political ambitions. The unemployment rate has reached a record level “As Kamat stated.
Girish Chodankar, President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha, Former Union Minister Eduardo Faleiro, M K Shaikh, former Ministers Alex Sequeira and Mickey Pacheco, Mahila Congress President Beena Naik, Youth Congress President Varad Mardolkar, South Goa District President Joe Dias, and Ex-MLA Agnelo Fernandes were also present on the occasion.
“Rajiv Gandhi, the late, believed in decentralisation of power and vested administrative authority in local entities such as Panchayats and Municipalities. His objective was to empower ordinary citizens. The BJP government has destroyed every democratic institution in order to concentrate power in the hands of the Modi-Shah combo, who have centralised power and destroyed the federal system “Girish Chodankar, head of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, stated during the occasion.
South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha addressed the occasion and complimented former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s contribution to Goa.
“The late Rajiv Gandhi was a visionary who paved the way for India’s technological reforms,” former Union Minister Eduardo Faleiro stated.
While paying tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, GPCC Vice President M K Shaikh stated that every Congressman must adhere to the party’s discipline and address and resolve any issues and disagreements on party platforms. “Let us all work together to achieve Congress’s victory in 2022,” he continued.
Tulio De Souza, Vijay Pai, Elvis Gomes, and Panjim Mayor Joel Andrade were also in attendance.
Earlier, Girish Chodankar, President of the GPCC, CLP Leader Digambar Kamat, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha, Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro, and others offered floral tributes to the Late Rajiv Gandhi Statue in Bambolim. To all those present, the Leader of the Opposition administered the “Sadbhavna Pledge.”
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