Modi may visit Goa in final phase of LS poll

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 03 October 2013 18:08 IST

Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, may visit Goa in the final phase of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.

His visit to Goa becomes a crucial point especially when the local BJP had avoided inviting him for the Assembly election campaign last year.

The local BJP leaders had decided not take risk of inviting Modi as one of speakers for its Assembly campaign, considering his ‘communal image’ being created after the horrifying communal riots in Gujarat against the minorities in 2002.

The BJP received its dividend with six Christian candidates of its party getting elected while two more – Avertano Furtado and Benjamin Silva getting elected as independents, supported by the saffron party.

Even the Manohar Parrikar cabinet today has three members of the minority community, including two BJP legislators.

“Modi may be invited in the final phase of election. Right now he is touring all over India”, Parrikar replied, when asked whether Modi would visit Goa before election is announced.

The chief minister also did not appear very keen on getting Modi for North Goa MP Shripad Naik’s civic reception as he completes 60 years tomorrow.

 

The civic reception is being planned on 18 October.

He avoided a straight reply on inviting Modi, stating that all the BJP leaders would be invited to attend the grand public function.

Modi was in Goa in June this year to attend the crucial national executive meeting, where he was elected the election campaign chief.

However, he had addressed only the party workers and not a public rally. 

Parrikar also denied that the civic reception would be used as the launching pad for Naik’s election campaign.

“Obviously the public rally – as it would turn out to be – would have a mention of Shripad-bhau’s election, but it is mainly a civic reception”, said Parrikar.

The chief minister also predicted that the Lok Sabha election may not be held early but when its term ends.

The existing 15th Lok Sabha was constituted in May 2009 and the fresh election needs to be held before May next year.  

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