Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has claimed that in the 2022 assembly elections, the BJP government will be formed with an absolute majority in the state. Describing the results of the recent district panchayat election as a referendum of the people, he said that the voters have told that the BJP has no match with anyone. Regarding the exercise of the opposition to form a front against the BJP in the 40-member assembly elections, he said that this will not affect the BJP. The 47-year-old Chief Minister of Goa said- We do politics, not social politics.
In an interview with IANS at his official residence ‘Mahalaxmi’ here, the Goa Chief Minister said, “We won 33 seats out of the total 48 of the recently held Zilla Panchayat elections.” Both the district panchayats are in the BJP fold. This proves that people are liking the governance and development agenda of the BJP government in the state. The people of Goa know that the state government and the BJP organization are working for their interests. The next government will be of the BJP and the Government will be formed with an absolute majority.”
Regarding the exercise by Goa Forward Party chief Vijay Sardesai and NCP leader Praful Patel to form a front against the BJP, Pramod Sawant said, “This happens before every election. Every time the BJP is on one side, the rest are on the other side. But, this does not affect the BJP. We do social welfare, not just politics.”
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that Goa had got independence 14 years after the country got independence. Nevertheless, Goa continued on the path of development. He said, in the coming two years, every necessary infrastructure in Goa will be further strengthened. Projects from Mopa Airport to Highway etc. will be ready. The focus is on making Goa number one in the country in terms of infrastructure.
The Chief Minister said that some NGOs and people of political parties are behind the protest against power, highway and railway track doubling projects in Goa.
“Whenever development projects come to Goa, there are some NGOs and political parties who oppose them,” he said.
“Atal Setu has also been opposed. We are now talking about Molem. We are preserving the Wildlife Century in Molem. People from all over the state have welcomed the power project. Our government is taking care of both environment and development simultaneously,” the CM added.
Regarding the mining that has been closed in the state for the last three years, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the state government is in touch with the central government and the Supreme Court for this. The Central Government has been requested to make some reforms. At present, mining is going on on the mines which are allowed from the Supreme Court. Some part of mining has started. He hoped for relief from the Center and the Supreme Court on the mining issue.
Earlier, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and his wife Sulakshana met President Ram Nath Kovind at the Raj Bhavan in Panaji and gifted him a ‘Laman Diva’ and a Kunbi sari. Both these things symbolize the identity, culture and rich history of the coastal state. Kovind was on a two-day visit to the state to attend the 60th-anniversary celebrations of Goa’s independence from the occupation of Portugal. On the last day of his two-day visit to Goa, President Ramnath Kovind went to the famous MahalsaNarayani temple at Mardol.