After saying that minorities had apprehensions about BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader and Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza changed his statement to claim that “there are no apprehensions”.
“When I said minorities had apprehension, I was referring to the statement by the Church. I don’t think overall there is any apprehension about Modi among minorities,” D’Souza said at a press conference.
The deputy chief minister had stirred a hornet’s nest after claiming that minorities had apprehensions about Modi, though Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that there were no apprehensions at all about the Gujarat chief minister.
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In its pre-poll statement, Goa’s Catholic church had asked the people to vote for “secular” parties and questioned why the entire election revolved around one person as if it is a presidential election.
D’Souza said that the church had raised apprehensions about Modi and his statement that time was based on the “same apprehensions”.
“When pointed out that Parrikar had countered his statement, D’Souza said that he believed the chief minister. I believe the chief minister. He made the statement as he went to extreme South Goa to understand the political trend. I did not go,” he said.