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Wish to have a heart-to-heart relationship with people of Goa: New Governor Pillai

Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday said that he wished to have a heart-to-heart relationship with the people of the state.

Speaking to reporters after swearing-in at Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula, near the city, he said there was protocol but above that he wanted to have a heart to heart relationship with everybody.

Mr Pillai, who who has been transferred to the coastal state from Mizoram, “Protocol of course is there, but above protocol I want to have a heart to heart relationship with everybody including the press.”

Prasing the state, he said the country could take some lessons from Goa, as far as the spirit of unity in the state was concerned.

“The entire India, of course, can study many things from the history, as well as the unity of the people (of Goa). As far as legal justice is concerned, it is an exceptionally important state.

We could see the unity among the people. There are no communal riots as such and the people are co-operative with each other and have a very good relationship. Culturally also, Goa is at the forefront of South India,” he said.
However, he did not comment on various civil society agitations in the state.

Following transfer of Governor Satya Pal Malik in August 2020, the coastal state had been without a full-fledged Governor for nearly a year. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had been holding charge of the state since then.

Goa is scheduled for assembly elections early next year.

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