Goa bypolls: Catholics in state not apprehensive of beef ban, says Manohar Parrikar

Panaji: (IANS) Goan Catholics are not apprehensive about the beef ban issue in the state’s Goan context, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.

He was responding to a query if in course of his campaign for the Panaji by-poll, Catholic voters had expressed their grievances about the beef ban narrative at the national level.

“Nothing is coming through. Those who have read and have knowledge, they know the situation vis a vis the Goan context,” Parrikar said.

Catholics account for more than a quarter of the state’s 1.5 million population and are a sizeable votebank in the Panaji Assembly constituency.

The Goa Church has openly criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party regime, both at the Centre and the BJP-led coalition government in the state, accusing it of trying to clamp down on sale of beef, brazenly in the rest of India and subtly in the coastal state, where minorities and a sizeable chunk of the six million plus tourists who visit the state, eat it.

Parrikar, during the recently concluded monsoon session of the Goa Legislative Assembly however, said that the state government would take all steps possible to ensure supply of beef in the state.

Source: IANS

BJP declares Parrikar, Rane as Panjim, Valpoi candidates

PANJIM: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Central Election Committee has declared the party candidates in Panjim and Valpoi Assembly constituencies for the August 23 by-polls.

The candidates, as expected, are Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Panjim, and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane in Valpoi.

BJP is the first party to declare their candidates. Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Goa Suraksha Manch and others are yet to decide on their choices.

Congress is likely to field former Panjim Mayor Ashok Naik in Panjim, while Ravi Naik’s son Roy is likely to be the candidate in Valpoi.

Sources informed that in Panjim constituency AAP and GSM are likely to support Ashok Naik.