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MLAs cannot substitute grocery merchants: AAP

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Aam Aadmi debunked the government claims of successful door delivery of essential items through MLAs during the lockdown period, claiming that 10 days of lockdown in Goa had proved to be a non starter further causing distress to the common man. In a video message AAP Convenor Elvis Gomes said that an online survey conducted by the party through a link on the party’s website in Goa showed 93% of the respondents had not got door delivery of services. Gomes said that the Chief Minister had sent the right signal some days ago by allowing volunteers to register with the respective police stations but the move had failed to take off after he allowed MLAs to hijack the distribution system. Gomes also said that the overall mismanagement during the lockdown was getting harsh coverage in the media at the national level. Stating that the local ‘posre’ ( grocery shops) knew their local customers personally and they along with local volunteers would have ensured smooth distribution in their localities, Gomes said that handing over the work to the MLAs further aggravated the already chaotic situation. “Govt shut shops of our traditional ‘posorkars’ and made MLAs the new ‘posorkars’. How could the MLAs be ‘posorkars’ of groceries. That was a miscalculation to get political gains in the times of crisis. The MLAs are playing hide and seek with a truck of vegetables here and a tempo of fish there thus driving people to go out in hordes , defeating the purpose of social distancing ” said Gomes exhorting the government to restore supplies to the traditional grocers in all places and engage local volunteers. He also said that AAP volunteers were strictly told not to identify themselves on party basis but to work selflessly for common good unlike what the BJP and others were trying to do by misusing the official state machinery.

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