Panaji: Taking a dig at Trinamool Congress Party, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday appealed Goans not to go to Kolkata even by mistake.
Sawant was addressing the gathering at Ponda town after inducting former Congress MLA Ravi Naik in BJP. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis was also present for the function along with State BJP President Sadanand Shet Tanavade.
“Someone comes from Delhi (referring to AAP), TMC comes and MGP ties up with them (for upcoming Goa polls),” Sawant said.
The chief minister accused both the parties of telling “blatant lies” in the run up for Goa polls. “Our people don’t go to Delhi. And don’t go to Kolkata, even by mistake. I am telling you the truth. Don’t dare to go there (Kolkata),” the chief minister said.
“Do you know what has happened there after recent election (in West Bengal)? Do you want that kind of violence in Goa?,” he added.
Sawant said that some leaders are labeling her (Mamata Banerjee) bigger than Goddess Shantadurga. “Have they turned insane? They are comparing her (Mamata ) to Goddess. We have to tell them that she cannot be compared with our Goddess Shantadurga,” he commented.
Sawant said “Goa is cultured state and we treat Muslims, Hindus, Christians as our brothers and sisters. Here no one kills anyone or committed atrocities on anyone.”
The chief minister said that 500 people arrive from Kolkatta in Goa by train every day. “You have seen the video. They (people from Kolkatta) come here and are paid Rs 500 per day,” he said.