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My gun saved me from attackers who attacked Wagh: Sardesai

Comparing the attack on BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh to the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, independent Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, who was with Wagh and former tourism minister Nilkant Halarnkar before the attack, questioned whether the BJP wanted to implement Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s model of politics in Goa.

Recalling how Modi’s then home minister was murdered in his car, Sardesai said that Pandya, like Wagh, had been making statements against the party before the attack.

Recounting his own experience on December 19, he said that he left the kirtan mahotsav in Nanora before Wagh did and saw the mob. As some from the mob approached his car in an intimidating manner, he placed his licensed pistol on the dashboard and the mob let him pass. He said he then tried unsuccessfully to contact Wagh and Halarnkar and on reaching Panaji was informed by Halarnkar that Wagh had been attacked. He claimed that none from the BJP had visited Wagh in hospital or at the police station on Thursday night.

Responding to queries from the press, Sardesai said he did not think chief minister Manohar Parrikar was behind Wagh’s attack. He called on Parrikar to prove himself as home minister and to reassure the Goan public that jungle law had not got institutionalized in the state. He demanded that the accused should be arrested by December 25. He wondered if the BJP in Goa was trying to liberate itself from Wagh on liberation day.

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