Margao – Our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave us statehood. He always encouraged federal structure and encouraged local self bodies. BJP Government in last seven years has reduced Goa into an Union Territory charged Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat.

He was speaking on the occasison of death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at South Goa District Congress Office. GPCC president Girish Chodankar, Mahila Congress President Beena Naik, SGDCC President Joe Dias, General Secretary Subhash Faldessai, Secretary Damodar Shirodkar, Peter Gomes, Adv. Yeman D’Souza, Arch. Royla Fernandes and others were also present.

It is most unfortunate that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ignored Goa during his aerial survey on Wednesday. Yesterday he did not include Goa in his meeting with District Magistrates. This clearly exposes that BJP Government is least bothered about pains and hardships of Goans Digambar Kamat said.

Goa is highest in Covid positivity rate at the nation level. We made headlines for all the wrong reasons after death of 74 patients due to lack on oxygen. We have the lowest testing and vaccination rate. It was the duty of the Prime Minister to include Goa in his meeting. Besides Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and some other States, even District Magistrate of Puducherry was invited for the meeting Digambar Kamat pointed out.

After coming to power in 2014, the Central Government has always given step motherly treatment to Goa. Goa’s interest was compromised on Mhadei. Government has kept on postponing Mining resumption. BJP Government is all out to destroy Identity of Goa by converting Goa into a Coal Hub and pushing for the three linear projects for benefit of Crony Club. Goans were not allowed to participate in public hearings of draft GCZMP stated Digambar Kamat.

Congress Governments at the Centre always had sympathetic approach towards Goa. Former PM Rajiv Gandhi will always be remembered for giving Statehood to Goa. Konkani was made the Official Language and included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution with strong support from late Rajiv Gandhi. We will always remain indebted to him Digambar Kamat said.

It is sad that today the BJP Government in Goa has no say at the Centre. This governments remote control is in Delhi. We are made to suffer time and again Digambar Kamat said.

GPCC President Girish Chodankar paying his respects said that Congress Party is observing the day as Service to Humanity. Former PM Rajiv Gandhi always encouraged federal system and promoted local self bodies in administration. Today, when the present Government is struggling hard to continue with covid vaccination, Nation is missing Rajiv Gandhi who had a vision to accomplish his mission.

Mahila Congress President Beena Naik said that Mahila Congress will distribute essential items to various needy women across the State to observe the day.

SGDCC President Joe Dias said that all the 20 blocks in entire South Goa are observing this day by helping people who are facing challenges due to Covid Pandemic and Cyclone. He said South Goa District Congress members are visiting various areas to extend helping hand to people.

Earlier, all the Congress functionaries paid floral tributes at the potrait of late Rajiv Gandhi to mark his martyrdom day.