Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unlikely to make any election-related announcement in his speech in Panaji on Sunday, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Saturday. Assembly election is due in the state early next in 2017.
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“This is a government function, not an election campaign meeting. So, I don’t expect him to make any election-related announcement,” Parsekar told reporters after inspecting the preparations for tomorrow’s event at Shama Prasad Mukherjee stadium.
Parsekar and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the stadium where the prime minister is expected to address a 10,000-strong crowd after laying the foundation stones for Greenfield airport at Mopa and Tuem Electronic City in north Goa.
Modi will be arriving at Dabolim airport in the state directly from Japan. The chief minister said the government had distributed 10,000 invitations for the event, though the demand for the same was higher than that.
“We need a bigger stadium for this kind of events. Our plan is to have an auditorium which can accommodate 15,000 people (in the future),” he said. The prime minister is scheduled to spend around two hours in Goa before flying to Belgaum in Karnataka and then, to Pune.