Apparently, BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) seems to have taken a U-turn once again with the statement that in the media stating that they have never promised the Goans about the special status and it was never been their election manifesto at all. The BJP party president Vinay Tendulkar made the above statement in the media.
It may be recalled that the subject of special status had generated a huge fan following with the ruling party but now the contradictory news has made the Goan people feel that the BJP has taken one more U-turn this time. The BJP leader on Thursday made the statement in the media that their party never promised any special status to the people of Goa and it was never been their election manifesto.
“BJP never assured to provide a special status for Goa under Article 371 of the Indian Constitution and it was never a part of the BJP manifesto. The State is getting enough financial assistance from the Centre and that is just like special status in itself,” BJP State President Vinay Tendulkar told the media adding that “After the 14th Finance Commission, the Centre has already increased funds to the State by 10 per cent and that is like special status. The only issue is protecting Goan land for which we had already appealed earlier and appeal now to Goans not to sell their land to outsiders. If the locals stick to this then there will be no issue of land protection.”
BJP General Secretary Sadanand Tanawade did not remain behind in this and made another statement saying that the “People’s argument on special status is only for the protection of their land and the Centre has given financial grants and other requirements which Goa requires. “BJP had also not promised special status to Goa in their poll manifesto. Special status is financial support provided by the Central government to Goa,” said Tanawade.
He also did not fail to encash on the issue of demonetization of the currency saying that it will not increase the corruption but will help the Goans to save their lands from the outsiders. “Scrapping of currency notes will help stop corruption and it will also protect the Goan land as earlier outsiders used to invest in Goa by using the black money. If Goans decide not to sell land to outsiders, Goa’s identity will be preserved,” he said putting the ball in the court of Goans.