Lambasting the BJP government backtracking on its 2012 poll promises to the state, Vice Chairman of Delhi Dialogue Commission, Ashish Khetan said that people of Goa were exhausted by the divisive politics by the BJP and the RSS.
“Manohar Parrikar and his proxy government have failed to live up to the promises to Goans on casino, mining, medium of instruction, protecting cultural heritage and other agenda’s dearer to the state, they only used it for electoral gains, after which they conveniently made a ‘U’ turn on it,” he said while proposing to kick-starting the ‘Goa Samvaad’ in the state.
He said that the public spat of RSS Chief Subhash Velingkar against the then Chief Minister and incumbent Union Minister Manohar Parrikar over Medium of Instruction (MOI) was nothing but indicative of party’s dual stand on public matters of public importance.
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According to Khetan, the election manifesto being ‘sacred’ to AAP, will be drawn out of the ideas discussed at Goa Samvaad. “We are planning to have over 500 such dialogues with the people, where we will look into the real aspiration of the people and try to imbibe it in our poll manifesto,” Khetan said.
AAP said that based on its internal discussion, the party has listed 25 key issues concerning the state, furthermore it will expand the list.
While asserting that the Goa unit will function independently with no interference from AAP functionaries from Delhi, Khetan further took a dig at ruling party, saying that its formation was unlikely to be that of BJP, where the party was being run from Kanpur.
Terming that Sanathan Sanstha was a dangerous organization, Ashish Khetan suggested that the organization was itself against Hindus and also against the secular principles of the country.
“They attacked anyone whom they considered as Dharma-drohis. They have even attacked Hindus in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka as they went against their (Sanatan Sansthas) ideas,” Khetan said.
Furthermore, he said that the organization being based out of Ramanathi at Ponda, about 30 kilometers from the state capital, posed a major threat to the state which has number of free-thinkers, liberals, and activists.
Demanding the ban on the Sanatan Sanstha, the AAP leader said that effort must be made to give justice to families of those who were killed allegedly by the members of the organization. “Sanatan Sanstha says that they profess Hinduism and are the upholder of the religion, but they have been killing Hindus. There is no place for such organization in a secular country like ours and they must be banned,” he said.