Modi rally collection of Rs 8 L goes as relief for Canacona

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 12 January 2014 21:00 IST

Huge crowd at Narendra Modi rally (Photo: Prasad Shet Kankonkar)

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has donated over Rs eight lakh collected from the Vijay Sankalp rally to the families of the deceased in Canacona building collapse.

This was announced by former MLA Damu Naik, the compere at the Narendra Modi rally held today evening at Merces junction.

The BJP had registered its supporters for the rally by collecting Rs five from each person.

“We have collected Rs 8,67,295 from 1,73,469 supporters of the party”, announced Naik.

He also said the money has been handed over to sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar, also the Canacona MLA.

While the work of removing dead bodies is still going on even after eight days of the collapse of five-storeyed building Ruby Residency at Chaudi in Canacona, the death toll now had reached 31.

The ruling BJP gathered impressive crowd at the rally today, much more than the Congress mobilized any time during its long rule since 1980, for the rallies of national leaders from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Sonia Gandhi.

While the crowd was sitting on the ground, there were also hundreds of people who stood on the Panaji-Ponda bypass to listen to Modi and other leaders.

Modi reached the venue past 5.30 pm, almost two hours late, while the local ministers and MLAs spoke.

North Goa MP Shripad Naik, who spoke after Modi arrived, blamed the central government ruled by the Congress for not offering any financial package to those who suffered due to mining ban, unlike the local BJP government.

Naik however took this as an opportunity to publicly make an appeal to chief minister Manohar Parrikar to offer further assistance to the truck owners, who have been harassed by the banks for not repaying the loans.

He also requested Modi to try and start legal mining as soon as he takes over as the prime minster of the country.

While responding positively to the request, Modi also responded to the public demand made by forest minister Alina Saldanha to grant special status to Goa.

Deputy Chief Minister Francisco D’Souza as well as Shaikh Jinnah claimed in their speeches that Goan minorities (both Christians and Muslims) would stand behind the BJP as they are fed up of divisive rule of the Congress.

Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Mahadev Naik, Dilip Parulekar, local BJP president Vinay Tendulkar, Goa in-charge Smruti Irani, Goa Mahila Morcha president Kunda Chodankar as well as MLAs Subhash Faldesai, Ganesh Gaonkar and Pramod Sawant spoke. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Modi rally collection of Rs 8 L goes as relief for Canacona -

To me giving Rs.8 lakhs as relief for Canacona from Modi's rally is just peanuts. It would be nice first of all to for BJP to admit how much money they have spent on this political rally.

Looking at the photos of the crowds it clearly shows they are migrants just brought by vehicles paying them a meagre paltry amount to make the crowds.

If BJP is serious about rooting out corruption they should arrest and punish all the guilty including the Goa BJP minister of tourism, involved in the construction of this illegal building. No money no matter how big can compensate lives of the innocent people lost in this tragedy.

- Camilo Fernandes, Goa | 13 th January 2014 13:25


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 23:20


Rs. 8 Lakhs has been handed over to MLA Ramesh Tawadakar from the BJP Rally.

Is this a down-payment ,for a new Flat to be purchased by him since his current Flat is in a Corrupt MLA-Builders-TCP war zone?

Aren`t all Goan MLA`s entitled to a "Free Flat" in each an every Building coming up in Goa...courtesy of Builders.?

And what about the corrupt TCP officials specially in South Goa. Nearly all of them are super rich.

- N.Fernandes, l | 12 th January 2014 22:00


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