Amit Shah’s public meeting at Goa Airport complex is ‘gross abuse of power’, says Congress

"We strongly condemn the act of the BJP holding a meeting at the Goa airport complex which was addressed by their president Amit Shah in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar," said Girish Chodankar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 2, 2017 12:29 pm
BJP, amit shah, goa, amit shah, goa airport, bjp goa meeting, Goa Airport, Goa Airport complex, Congress, india news BJP president Amit Shah arrives at Dabolim airport in Goa on Saturday. (Source: PTI Photo)

Hours after BJP President Amit Shah addressed a public meeting at the Goa airport complex on Saturday, the state Congress termed the move as “gross abuse of power”. Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar was also present at the public meeting along with other BJP leaders.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar said in a statement, “We strongly condemn the act of the BJP holding a meeting at the Goa airport complex which was addressed by their president Amit Shah in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.”

Chodankar said that the BJP did not set the right example of good governance by holding the meeting at the airport complex. He asked that the officials at the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to investigate those who issued clearances for the meeting.

The BJP President, who is on a two-day visit to Goa, received a warm welcome outside the airport where he addressed the party workers.  Replying to a question on lynching, Shah told The Indian Express: “I do not want to compare and undermine the current incidents of lynching…. I am also serious. (But) there have been more lynchings in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Humaare teen saal main jitne lynching hue hain usse zyada hue hain ek ek saal main. Magar kabhi yeh sawaal nahi uttha thha (There have been more incidents of lynching in each of these years than in NDA’s three years.)”

To a question on the “growing apprehension” across the country over the government’s apparent lack of effective action against the perpetrators of lynching, Shah asked, “Do you know of any such incident where arrests have not been made? I do not have any answer to ‘apprehension’…. There is no apprehension anywhere in the country.”

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    mahendra vihtlani
    Jul 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    anker as name is please first change the last name.
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      Samir
      Jul 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm
      NO Problem next meeting can be held in the Presidential Palace and with Bhajan, Kirtan, Jagran, Gau mutr, vibhuti and Yagna. Next, they can have a Dance Bar open inside parliament where the Sadhvis and Actresses like Smriti can do cabaret. Then we can call make in India, New India, Skill India and the world will know what is development.
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        SChali
        Jul 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm
        You are very much right. Why are people not more vocal about these murderers? I am sure that there are decent human beings even within BJP, who do not like this goonda raj. Citing past lynchings is reckless promotion of cycle of violence against the innocent. It does not matter which faith one belongs to. A murder is a murder and should be condemned without any justification.
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        Ash
        Jul 2, 2017 at 5:38 pm
        What to expect from this govt of transparency and governance?Will he hold next public meeting in plane.That way he won't have to get off the plane.Perhaps other passengers may be asked to deboard to allow the meeting to take place.Even after Street protests this govt not willing to take action.Treating it as usual occurrance.I guess we'll have to wait for it to make headline in international media before they wake up!
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          Abbiya
          Jul 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm
          Those party leader tadi paar.which types of expecting from those party
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            rs
            Jul 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm
            Indian express never covered earlier lynchings and now making it as if it is happening first time.
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              Dinesh
              Jul 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm
              Ok sir can u pls list when and where and for wat previous lynchings took place??
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                Bharat Maa
                Jul 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm
                bhakts are hurt by Indian Express, because it is not like TOI, mouth piece of BJP. anyway wrong is wrong be if before or now. in the name of cow lynching is only in BJP so stop believing your feku guru, who always lies. anyway you are blind bhakt so nothing can save you.
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                  SChali
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm
                  That is the excuse you have to justify the murder of an innocent boy, who is not at all connected with the earlier lynchings. How does it matter? I am sure people would have condemned those lynchings if you were responsible enough to bring them them to light. What were you doing when they happened? You were silent then but you are now justifying a daylight murder and blaming the IE.
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                  dv1936
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                  Congress mongrels have forgotten their own days and out of shameless jealousy are throwing mud at BJP as matter of habit, I can only feel pity for those Italian worshippers
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                    Bharat Maa
                    Jul 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm
                    what else can be awaited from a bhakt like you, who does not see the truth.
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                    TIHAEwale
                    Jul 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                    rules are for mango people
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                      Dinesh Singh
                      Jul 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm
                      Why Congress leaders are so negatively oriented ? They just see half filled water.
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