Panaji: It appears that even Covid-19 virus now takes permission of BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and spreads as per the political convenience of the BJP government, Goa Congress President Amit Patkar alleged on Friday.
Taking a potshot at the goof-up of Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant over announcement of inauguration of the new Zuari Bridge, the Congress President termed BJP as opportunist and obsessed for events to make fortunes from “mission commission”.
“Frightened of huge success of Bharat Jodo Yatra of our leader Rahul Gandhi, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya wrote a Letter to him asking to stop the Yatra citing COVID-19. In sharp contrast, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is giving open invitation to public to come in large numbers for an event on new Zuari Bridge,” Patkar said.
“Few days back PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral left it to the bridge contractor when questioned by the media on quality of the bridge. Coming under pressure from BJP’s inhouse event management agency, Chief Minister has postponed the inauguration by three days causing inconvenience to public. Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi take note?,” questioned Patkar.
“There is nothing to celebrate. Let the new bridge pass the quality test. Goans are facing nightmares on the “Atal Setu” which was inaugurated with similar “Josh” when the bridge was actually incomplete and still remains incomplete,” Patkar pointed out.
Stating that people of Goa suffered a lot during the Inauguration of Manohar International Airport, he appealed to the Goans not to risk their lives on the bridge ‘as BJP’s obsession for making fortunes from event management will surely result in mismanagement and chaos at the inauguration function.’
He condemned the statement of the Chief Minister that the celebrations are organised to “Gift” the bridge to Goans.
“The bridge is constructed from taxpayers money and it is not BJP’s private property to gift to Goans,” Patkar said.