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PM to address Congress rally in Goa

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address a public meeting in north Goa on Wednesday as part of election campaign for the March 3 Assembly Polls following clearance from the Election Commission (EC).

The poll panel officials in Goa had said that permission had not been granted to Prime Minister’s rally as it was being held on the government-run college’s ground at Sanquelim village, 40 km from the capital Panaji.

However, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary BK Hariprasad later said that the Election Commission has given its nod to the event.

The officials had earlier said that permission had not been granted to the rally as it was being held on the government-run college’s ground.

“There is no objection from anywhere now. Last night, we received a no-objection-certificate from the Election Commission,” Hariprasad said, adding that the ground has been approved, considering the security concerns.

Joint Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti had told reporters that the commission had refused the state directorate of higher education to allow usage of ground for political meetings. According to him, properties of educational institutes, whether government, private, aided or unaided, could not be used for election campaign.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had addressed a public rally in south Goa on February 26.

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