Elections 2022 | Gandhi family considers Goa a tourist destination: Amit Shah beats for BJP’s ‘Golden Goa’


New Delhi: Stating that only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can provide political stability for Goa’s development, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday mocked the Congress and said the coastal state was just a vacation spot for the Gandhi family.

Shah said the people of the state had to choose between BJP’s ‘Golden Goa’ and Congress’ ‘Gandhi parivar ka Goa’.

“The Gandhi parivar of Congress sees Goa as his tourist destination. They often come here,” Shah said at an indoor public meeting here, about 30 km from the state capital, Panaji, PTI reported.

“But as far as the BJP is concerned, we are fulfilling the ‘Golden Goa’ dreams of (former Goa Chief Minister) Manohar Parrikar,” he added.

Continuing his outburst against Congress, Shah said Goa was notorious for its corruption, instability and chaos during former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s tenure.

Castigating Rahul Gandhi, he said the Congress leader suffered from “modiphobia”.

The Union Home Secretary also criticized the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) for contesting the elections in the coastal state.

Claiming that these parties entered the fray just to broaden their base or gain national recognition, Shah said, “These parties cannot form a government here. Only the BJP can do that.

“Without political stability there can be no development,” he added while campaigning for party candidate and former Goa chief minister Ravi Naik, who had recently joined the BJP after leaving Congress. .

Shah said the BJP government in Goa has been working for the past decade for infrastructure development, adding that it cannot be done without the help of the central government.

Shah said the development of small states is a priority for the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He added that the ruling dispensation at the Center provided all the help to the coastal state.

Voting for the 40-member Goa Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 14.

The counting of votes will take place on March 10.


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