Congress govt did not
liberate Goa for 15 years,
Nehru did not send
armed forces; says Modi

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MAPUSA (Goa):  Appealing to people to elect a BJP government in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked the Congress and said it “did not liberate” the state for almost 15 years after Independence and the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru did not send armed forces to the state which was under Portuguese rule at that time.

North Goa, Feb 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a public meeting ahead of Goa Assembly elections, at Mapusa, in North Goa on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Addressing a rally here, the Prime Minister said people of Goa could not gain independence for almost 15 years after the country’s Independence though the task could have been accomplished in a few hours due to the capability of India’s armed forces. 

“Congress government didn’t liberate Goa for 15 years after Independence. People of Goa kept fighting but the Congress government didn’t help. From the ramparts of Red Fort, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had said that he won’t send forces for the liberation of Goa,” the Prime Minister said.

He said Satyagraha was also carried out for the liberation of Goa but the then government did not help them.   

Referring to the work of “double-engine” government in the state, the Prime Minister said Goa was the first state to inoculate 100 per cent of its population with COVID-19 vaccine.

SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing Vijay Sankalp Sabha, in Srinagar on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, if the work had been done in a way like the previous governments, would the country be able to create a record of inoculation of more than 150 crore vaccine doses to the people? If there were not the double-engine government in the state, could Goa be the first state in the country to have inoculated 100 per cent of its population?” PM Modi asked.

“Goa has completed 100 per cent coverage in vaccination, Swachh Bharat Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission, electricity supply. When the government moves forward with a 100 per cent coverage target then all possibilities of discrimination on the basis of caste, religion are eliminated,” he added.

Goa will go to the Assembly polls on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that Goa had to remain under the imperial rule for years as former PM Nehru was maintaining his global image, State Congress General Secretary Sunil Kawthankar on Thursday said that PM Modi should refresh his memory and read history properly as it was due to the efforts of Congress party and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Goa was liberated.
In his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Congress did not liberate the state for almost 15 years after Independence. The Prime Minister in his statement added that the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru did not send armed forces to the state which was under Portuguese rule at that time. “PM Narendra Modi should refresh his memory and read history properly, it was Congress party and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru under whose leadership Goa was liberated. Congress gave Statehood to Goa.

SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing Vijay Sankalp Sabha, in Srinagar on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

“What did BJP gave to us except false promises? Today when PM Modi has nothing to showcase about his own government or that of his local BJP government, he is indulging in a false narrative and propaganda which he is best known for to misguide the people,” he added.
On PM Modi’s statement on ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’, he said, “PM Narendra Modi should introspect and see the condition of his own party, today, BJP has 90 per cent former Congress leaders which shows BJPs failed to create leaders and people rejected their original leaders and there is no cadre what BJP always claims.”
“Whether Modi comes or Amit Shah comes, we will form the next government in the state as people of Goa has decided to vote decisively and give a clear mandate to Congress party so much so that BJP will not cross single digit, ” he added while talking about upcoming assembly elections in Goa.
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked Congress in poll-bound Goa and said it was here that spoke of “Congress-mukt Bharat” which has now become a commitment of many citizens of the country.
Goa will go to the Assembly polls on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Modi slams Congress over dynastic politics

Meanwhile, In a scathing attack at the grand old party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that not a single Congress leader is coming to Uttarakhand only the brother-sister (Rahul Gandhi-Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) is campaigning because they don’t want to save the country, they only want to save a family (Gandhi family).
“Such an old party, but did any of their leaders come here? Only a brother and sister come at times; because they don’t want to save the country, they only want to save a family. Today, their own leaders do not want to be with the party. Then, how can they give anything to you? Nothing is now left with them.” said PM Modi, while addressing a Vijay Sankalp Sabha’ at “Simkeni Maidan” in Almora. He further urged people to vote for the BJP in the elections.
“When you go to cast your vote on February 14, remember your one vote for Kamal (lotus) will be for one decade for Uttarakhand. Dhoop khile na khile kamal jaraur khilna cahiye,” he added.
He further said that Congress has no connection with Uttarakhand. “I will tell the people of Congress, they have no connection with Uttarakhand, we know this, the whole of Uttarakhand has experience about it. But at least read and write about Uttarakhand, to get some knowledge,” he said.
PM Modi further slammed Opposition parties for using late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat’s name to gain votes.
“Those who question Galwan incident and surgical strikes. Those who used bad names for CDS Bipin Rawat are now asking for votes and doing dikhava in his name,” he added.
When I used to come here, I used to see how far mothers and sisters had to go to get water. Along with this, small children also used to carry water in boxes or small flasks. But the people of Congress were not worried about it.
The Prime Minister said that the Opposition has only one thing to do and that is corruption.
“This time again people who never fulfill there are again making big promises to mislead the public. But with the blessings of Baba Neem Karauli, the people of Uttarakhand understand their truth. You remember! They only do one thing – corruption!” he added.
“Government is working to provide houses under PMAY schemes; earlier, when the government did something for people they used to ask something in return; but in exchange for houses, all I am asking is your blessings, your votes,” said PM Modi.
He said that the BJP government is providing water connection through Jal Jeevan Mission, 8 lakh families have been provided with water supply; and are spending Rs 60 crore for this so that women don’t have to travel far to access water.
The Prime Minister said that earlier people used to say that it is not easy to build roads on the mountains but today the work of ‘All Weather’ road is going on to connect the four Dhams in Uttarakhand. Where they used to call the road difficult, today the train is reaching the mountains.
The Uttarakhand election will be held in a single phase on February 14. The votes will be counted on March 10. (ANI)