Canvass for BJP among tourists, Modi tells Goans; supports mining auction

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 12 January 2014 19:49 IST

Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today appealed to all Goans not only to give both the Lok Sabha seats but to also tell all the Indian tourists to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

At a historic political rally ever held in Goa so far, Modi also supported auction of mining for transparency while protecting environment.

At the Vijay Sankalp Rally held at Merces junction adjoining the by-pass going to Ponda, Modi praised Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar for clean and efficient administration and uplifting the Goan economy.

“Tell all the tourists who come to Goa how Goa has prospered under the BJP rule here and convince them to vote for the BJP in their state so that India could also prosper in a similar manner”, he appealed to the crowd.

He reiterated his appeal to vote for India and not any individual or the party, while assuring that only the BJP could bring out the country from economic shambles.

“India First is our religion, Constitution of India is our dhram-granth, Bharat-Bhakti is our devotion and Jan-Shakti is our power”, he said in an emotive speech.

Responding to the Goa chief minister Parrikar’s appeal, Modi fully supported the demand for Special Status to Goa.

“I was surprised and felt proud that Goa was not asking special status for financial package but to protect its identity, preserve its heritage and nurture its environment”, Modi said.

A delegation also submitted him a memorandum in this regard at the Dabolim air port when he arrived in Goa today afternoon.

Though Modi did not say categorically that Goa mines would be auctioned, he said his demand to the centre to auction lime stone mines of Gujarat was rejected by the central government, stating that law does not permit it.

While assuring that the mining industry would be run with transparency if the BJP is voted to power, the Gujarat chief minister gave an example of his state, where he wanted to auction lime stone mines to bring transparency in mining.

Parrikar, in his speech, had also demanded that legal mining may be resumed once he becomes the prime minister.

While responding to the demand positively, Modi also took at a dig at former union environment and forest minister Jayanthi Natarajan, alleging that no file in the ministry could get approved without paying ‘Jayanthi Tax’, unofficially. 

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who is he to tell goans what goans need , he should look into gujarat and not goa

- joe, uk | 13 th January 2014 03:38

 

As was expected playing to the gallery with distortions, Narendra Modi’s speech today in Goa was very vague, empty talk and full of his usual cheap rhetoric. He has only once again confirmed that he is a man without substance desperate to be the Prime Minister. Something that will just never happen as the people of India will by no means venture trusting the reigns of this great country in the insecure soiled hands of a person with a skewed vision.

The BJP spent crores on today’s rally to assemble a lakh of people but the Modi effect just did not take off. The crowd may have been impressive but Modi’s delivery was lacklustre. L.K. Advani was right in visualizing that Narendra Modi as a Prime Ministerial candidate would be a liability to the BJP.

The people of Goa over the last 22 months have been witness to the rampant corruption and mal administration by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his endless U turns including that on Casinos, Regional Plan. MOI issue, Mining, etc etc. He had promised Zero tolerance to corruption but sadly it has become the order of the day proving that the BJP is no different. Out of political convenience Narendra Modi himself has now embraced one of India’s most corrupt Chief Minister in recent years Karnataka’s B. S. Yeddyurappa. That says it all.

- Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar | 12 th January 2014 23:21

 

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