Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a rally in Panaji, Goa where he called on voters to give the BJP a comfortable majority in election even as he promised to make Goa the most comfortable state in the country. He also slammed opposition parties saying, “Some parties are preparing their drafts ahead of Feb 1 budget, in order to attack us the moment we release.” Panaji is constituency that has elected a BJP MLA for the last five assembly elections – Manohar Parrikar. The Bharatiya Janata Party is hopeful that PM Modi’s rally will help secure more votes, especially as there seems to be a sense of worry in the party if it will manage to reach anywhere close to the magic figure of 21. Meanwhile, a party worker overseeing preparations at the rally venue had earlier said, “Amit Shah had hinted at Modi sending Parrikar back to Goa but if Modi himself says it here in Goa then there is a good chance people may reconsider not voting for us… people in Goa are very proud of Parrikar.”
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Here are the highlights:
5:45 pm: PM Modi concludes speech.
5:43 pm: Goa has given India a very strong Defence Minister, the entire world is talking about the surgical strikes, PM Modi
5:42 pm: The reason why I have been targetted by the opposition because I am taking out the money they have accumulated in the past 70 years, says PM Modi
5:41 pm: Some parties have conceded defeat already and they are searching for excuses, says PM
5:40 pm: We can have differences of opinion but that does not mean we need to deviate from the core issue of India’s development: PM Modi
5:39 pm: This is the government of the poor and we are taking one after the other tough and concrete steps to eradicate poverty, says PM
5:38 pm: Opposition wary of Budget announcements, says PM
5:35 pm: Some saying PMO pressurised EC for simultaneous elections in Punjab, Goa. If you don’t trust the umpire, then why enter the battlefield? says PM
5:34 pm: Some parties are preparing their drafts ahead of Feb 1 budget, in order to attack us the moment we release: PM
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5:33 PM: Vote cutters are like pickpockets, says PM
5:30 pm: Arrival visa, online-visa facility & other such facility given to tourists now. Goa most benefited in this case, sees huge rush of tourists: PM
5:28 pm: Goa government has worked for growth, says PM
5:28 pm: Ease in visa norms helped Goa, says PM, adding that the BJP helped Goa get more tourists.
5:27 pm: Demonetisation did not hamper Goa tourism, says PM
5:26 pm: For Goa’s economic development and employment, we are emphasising on tourism by working shoulder to shoulder with state Govt: PM Modi.
5:21 pm: If you give us comfortable majority, we will make it the most comfortable place in the country: PM Modi
5:16 pm: PM Modi addresses rally in Goa.
5:13 pm: Goa CM Parsekar takes stage to address rally.
4:55 pm: PM Modi public meeting scheduled at 3:30 pushed to 5 pm. Local leaders now take the stage.
4:48 pm: Francis D’Souza: Govt schemes in Goa are unlike any in the country, we also ensure it goes straight to beneficiaries account.
4:45 pm: Narendra Sawaikar, South Goa MP: we need the BJP govt back if we want to continue the work carried out by our govt with backing of Centre
4:40 pm: Francis D’Souza: Govt schemes in Goa are unlike any in the country, we also ensure it goes straight to beneficiaries account
4:35 pm: Deputy CM Francis D’Souza lists all the new projects in Goa, says only BJP can bring about development
4:30 pm: Narendra Sawaikar, South Goa MP: we need the BJP govt back if we want to continue the work carried out by our govt with backing of Centre
3:30 pm: BJP workers say at least 50k people will show up, buses sent to all 40 constituencies
3:06 pm: On Monday, BJP president Amit Shah’s remark at a rally in Vasco set the ball rolling. “(Prime Minister) Narendrabhai (Modi) needs him (Parrikar) at the Centre as well. We will decide after elections where Parrikar will be working. But let me assure you that wherever Parrikar may be working, the Goa government will function under his leadership,” the BJP president said.
3:05 pm: Serving as the Defence Minister since the Modi cabinet reshuffle of November 2014, Parrikar has repeatedly hinted that he’s open to coming back to Goa.
3:00 pm: BJP workers estimate a crowd of at least 50,000 for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in Panaji on Saturday