Panaji: As Advocate Amit Palekar entered the fourth day of his indefinite hunger strike, support is pouring in from across Goa. More than 30 thousand people across Goa have pledged their support via a signature campaign. On Thursday, many social groups started a signature campaign to support Amit Palekar. The campaign was carried out in Dabolim, Ponda, Cortalim, Aldona, Vasco and in different parts of Goa and received an overwhelming response. Over 30 thousand people signed in favour of Amit Palekar and gave blessings to him for the kind of brave work he was doing.
Residents of Benaulim along with AAP vice president, Captain Venzy Viegas came out in support of Amit Palekar and took out a petition in support of Palekar’s stand to save Old Goa. AAP Goa Convener, Rahul Mhambre, Senior Vice-president of AAP Goa, Mahadev Naik and AAP leader, Cruz Silva, Taxi union leader, Bappa Korgaonkar, Professor Rajesh Kalangutkar and Professor Rajesh Kalangutkar showed up at the protest site to meet Palekar. Many Goans came to meet the advocate on strike and prayed for his well-being. A man who showed up to meet Palekar said, “All Goans irrespective of their religion are proud of our heritage. The politicians have played with the emotions of Goenkars. It is our duty to support Amit Palekar. He has created a history in Goa by doing this hunger strike”.
In spite of the heavy rains on Thursday, Palekar continued his fast. He said, “No matter how strong the storm, how hard the rain and how vicious the wind becomes, I will not give up. I will keep fighting for Goans. This rain is a blessing from God. This rain will wash away the sins of the corrupt politicians who sold our Old Goa”.
Palekar’s health is getting worse as he has entered the fourth day of his indefinite hunger strike. A health check up that was carried out on Thursday revealed that Palekar’s oxygen levels were dropping below normal and he had high blood pressure.