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We cannot stop Sri Ram Sena from coming to Goa: Francis D’Souza

Goa will have to brace itself to deal with the likes of the controversial Sri Ram Sena organization as the new BJP-led government in the on-going Goa Monsoon Assembly session stated that ‘it cannot stop anyone from coming into the state’.

Francisco D’Souza on Friday, responding to demands from the opposition for banning entry of Sri Ram Sena into Goa said, “Let (Pramod) Muthalik come, we’ll take care of him.”

To a query, D’Souza, in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, said “everyone can come. How can you stop any one? No one can be stopped,read the Constitution of India”.

Responding to apprehensions over Muthalik’s organization, D’souza who is the revenue and urban development minister of Goa said, “Why are you worried. The government is functioning. We’ll take care of it.”

The issue of Sri Ram Sena is going on from the time Muthalik declared at the All-India Hindu convention held at Ram Nathi last month that the first branch of his organization would be set up in Goa within three months and that the chief minister would be invited to inaugurate it.

Speaking on the sidelines of All-India Hindu convention, Muthalik had said that Goa has a highly western outlook and that efforts would be made to change its present culture. He had also stated that Sri Ram Sena would take care of night clubs. “We are not l Gandhians. We believe in Bhagat Singh and Netaji Bose. We are aggressive in our approach and that is the only way to protect the country” was what he had reportedly said.

Since then there’s been a strong demand from various legislators and groups opposing the entry of Sri Ram Sena into Goa. BJP legislator from Calangute, Michael Lobo, Independent MLA Vijai Sardesai, Congress’ Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and others have demanded that the government should shut the door for the Sena just as then home minister Ravi Naik had done in 2009. There is also a youth group led by Anweesha Singbal which is opposing the Sena’s entry into Goa on the grounds that it would disturb the peace and tranquility.

Recently, CM Manohar Parrikar maintained that his government would not allow anyone to take law into their hands. He however had parried question on whether the government would ban his entry into Goa the way the Congress had done in 2009.


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