Union Home Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah during a political program in the city of Ponda, North Goa district, took a swipe at the convention on Sunday, saying that Goa was just a vacation spot. is for the Gandhi family, but BJP has brought development to the state.
Speaking at a public meeting in Ponda today, Shah said: “BJP brought development to Goa. For the Gandhi family, Goa is just a vacation spot. For BJP, Goa means ‘Golden Goa’. But for Congress, it means ‘Gandhi Parivaar ka Goa’.”
“We have increased the state budget from Rs 432 crores (2013-14) to 2,567 crores (year 2021),” he added.
He went on to say that ex-Prime Minister Digambar Kamat was not doing anything for infrastructure development, but BJP has delivered on its promises.
The senior BJP leader also praised Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for the work he has done in the state and said, “Goa CM Sawant Ji is working hard to make Manohar Parrikar Ji’s dream of a Golden Goa come true.”
Citing an example of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Goa, he said: “Goa’s vaccination rate was the best in the country: 100 percent vaccination was achieved first by the government of Pramod Sawant Ji. Doses for children are also going well .”
On the start-up policy, Shah expressed confidence that there will be many start-ups in Goa before 2025.
“Prime Minister Modi’s start-up policy has been extensively brought to the attention of the masses in Goa. I can imagine there will be many start-ups in Goa before 2025,” he claimed.
He also said that the BJP has an international airport worth Rs 3,000 crore.
“Several other infrastructure projects have been launched including bridges and highways. A fund of Rs 6,000 crore has been provided to Goa to convert the national highways into six-lane roads,” Shah said.
He also stated that the Atal Setu Bridge or Juari Bridge can only be made possible by a twin-engine government of BJP.
“Was the Atal Setu Bridge or Juari Bridge made without the support of the Central Government? It can only be made possible if there is a twin-engine government of BJP: one in the Center and another in the state here,” he added ready. .
Ahead of addressing a public rally today in Ponda city, the senior BJP leader who is making a day visit to the Goa polling station also prayed at Sai Baba Temple in Borim city. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was also present with him.
BJP has placed its candidates on all 40 seats in the state assembly.
Goa is going to the municipal elections on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
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