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Monday, May 23, 2016

BJP condemns Kejriwal’s remark

PANAJI: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit, on Monday, condemned the statement of Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal portraying Goa as a land of sex, drugs and gambling.
The party demanded an apology from the AAP leader.
Addressing the media at state BJP office in Panaji, the party’s state unit president Vinay Tendulkar said, “Kejriwal tried to create a picture that Goa is only famous for sex, drugs and gambling. We condemn this statement.”
Demanding an apology for the statement made during the AAP’s public meeting in Panaji on Sunday, Tendulkar said, “He should apologise to the people of Goa as he has insulted them with such statements. Or else be ready to face the consequences which will definitely be bad.”
Kejriwal on Sunday had stated that the Congress defined tourism as sex, drugs and gambling, and “the same definition continues even after BJP came to power.”
He had further said that “Goans want tourists to enjoy the beauty of the state.”
Challenging the AAP leader to approach the Lokayukta for the alleged corruption charges leveled against the BJP-led state government, Tendulkar said “We challenge him. Instead of making baseless allegations, he should approach Lokayukta if there are any incidents of corruption.”
Responding to Kejriwal’s jibe at the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of cheating the people of Goa, he further said that while Parrikar has an experience of 25 years in politics, Kejriwal is just an RTI activist.
“In 2012, Goans reposed faith in Parrikar and gave BJP a clear majority for the first time”, he said.
Daring the AAP to save the deposit money of the candidates during the state assembly election in 2017, he said, “Today, he does not have any representation even at the panchayat level and he is planning to contest from all 40 constituencies. I challenge him to save the deposit in even one constituency during the upcoming assembly elections.”
Taking a dig at the Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi, he said that it is a nautanki government.
Tendulkar further demanded a public account of the expenditures incurred on the public meeting held on Sunday.
He said, “They had brought people from Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka for the meeting. They should tell the people of Goa how much money was spent on these people who have been working on planning the rally for the past 15 days.”

NT Network Goa News

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