The issue of dual citizenship has now stuck up with the existence of Portuguese Consulate in Goa and the recent remarks of Freedom Fighters Association of Goa in which they have ruled out the need of Consulate in Goa since it is amounting into the propagation of the dual citizenship in Goa. Now the transport minister of Goa feels that there is no need of Portuguese Consulate in Goa and demanded shifting the same to Delhi. Read the complete report here.
The Public works department minister Sudin Dhavalikar has always been inviting the controversy due to his weird statements in Media on several occasions. Sudin had invited huge controversy by saying that Bikini should be banned on Goan Beaches. He also made the statement about the girls visiting the pubs in short skirts. But this time, the controversy is little different. Mr. Dhavalikar made the statement in media on Friday saying that the Portuguese Consulate to be shifted to Delhi from Goa in order to prevent the Goans from opting for the dual citizenship.
According to the media reports, the senior minister of Goa who is the part of three-member MGP regional party that has Hindutva mantra. Mr. Dhavalikar was speaking with press people on the backdrop of the statements made by the Freedom Fighters who demanded the closure of Portuguese Consulate in Goa that is helping the Goan citizens to process their documents for facilitating the dual citizenship in the state. “I am reiterating my demand for shifting of the Portuguese Consulate to Delhi,” Mr. Dhavalikar said.
It may be recalled that on Tuesday Goa Freedom Fighters Association demanded the closure of Portuguese consulate in Goa on the basis of dual citizenship issue which is being promoted by the consulate in Goa. They claimed that the consulate is interfering in the state’s internal affairs by offering the dual citizenship to Goans.
On Tuesday Senior Freedom Fighter Nagesh Karmali told the media that the Portugal is unnecessarily interfering into Goa. “In fact, Portugal, unlike Britain and France who once ruled parts of India, is unnecessarily interfering with the internal matters of Goa by continuously organizing cultural events here,” he said. He further stated that the Government of India must deal strictly with the Goans who opted to register their births in Central Portuguese Registry in Lisbon.
Meanwhile, according to the sources, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik has been pleading with the Centre for amending the provisions of Indian Citizenship Act to give relief to those Goans who had registered their names in Portugal without knowing that it would amount to loss of Indian citizenship and based on that The Union Home Ministry has now promised to set up an authority in Goa to examine the citizenship issue on a case by case basis. Mr. Naik apprehended that the proposed creation of an authority to examine the issue of citizenship of such Goans, and its settings in Goa will delay the resolution of the issue, eventually leading to the Election Commission of India (ECI) disenfranchising them from electoral rolls.
Mr. Naik has told the media that over 32,000 Goans have already lost their voting right and around 80,000 more are already under the ECI’s radar. “BJP is playing mischief so that a substantial number of minorities lose their voting rights”, Mr. Naik said.
According to Mr. Naik, After Goa was liberated in 1961; all Goan natives were granted Indian citizenship by the Union Home Ministry via a common notification. However, the departing Portuguese allowed those living in Goa during the Portuguese regime to register their birth in Portugal and avail of citizenship and travel identity documents. The privilege was later extended to two more generations of Goans. However, taking the advantage of the situation over the years, nearly two lakh Goans, including some politicians, were estimated to have opted for the Portuguese citizenship, retaining their Indian citizenship as well.