As a part of the nation wide fast organised by All India Congress Committee (AICC), Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) on Saturday announced to organise a fast on April 9 to promote harmony in various sections of society at Azad Maidan in the city.
Addressing a joint meeting of GPCC and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) held in Congress House in the city in the presence of CLP Leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, GPCC President Shantaram Naik said alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were out to divide the country on highly objectionable communal lines, in which, BJP’s central ministers played a role.
Naik said, “A BJP MP, Sakshi Maharaj, has said that Hindu mahilas should produce at least four childrens each, in order to increase the Hindu population in the country.”
“A BJP Minister, Niranjan Jyoti, has appealed to the people to choose between ‘ Ramzade’ (Rama’s children )and ‘haramzade’ ( illegitimate children). Another BJP minister said those who oppose Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan. Sometimes back when Sadhavi Saraswati came down to Goa, in a public speech, she said that those who eat beef should be flogged to death in a public square and his flesh should be displayed in public so that no one dares to eat beef in Goa,” Naik said.
“Dr Praveen Togadia a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader who had come to old Mardol, Goa, said that Goddess Mhalsa had killed Rahu and Ketu but he said they are re-born as Christian and Muslims they have now to be and so they have now to be finished,” Naik claimed.
Kavlekar alleged that BJP was a destructive force and that they could not remain satisfied unless they succeeded in creating turmoil in the society.
He claimed that people in the country were frustrated and if elections were held tomorrow Congress would return to power with thumping majority.
“This assessment is not being made by Congressmen alone, but BJP are doing the same calculation which is scaring them,” he said.
President of Goa Pradesh Mahilla Congress Pratima Coutinho and other party leaders, including, Dr Pramod Salgaoncar, Shambhu Bhau Bandekar, Urfan Mulla and Sagun Wadkar, also spoke on the occasion, a statement from the party office said.