Amit Shah Public Meeting at Goa Airport Complex “Gross Abuse of Power”

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Several hours after BJP President Amit Shah talked to a public meeting at the Goa airport complex on Saturday, the state Congress classified the move as “gross abuse of power”. The Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, was also present at the general public meeting, all along with some other BJP leaders. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodanakar said in a statement, “We strongly condemn the actions of the BJP holding a meeting at the Goa airport complex, which was addressed by their president Amit Shah in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.”

Chodanakar also added that the Bharatiya Janata Party did not place the right example of governance by possessing the meeting at the airport complex. He asked the officials at the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to check out those who issued clearances for the public gathering. The BJP president, Amit Shah, who will be on a two-day visit to Goa, received a warm response outside the airport where he talked to party workers. While answering the question of lynching, Shah told The Indian Express, “I do not want to compare and undermine the current incidents of lynching…. I am also serious. (But) there have been more lynchings in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Humaare teen saal main jitne lynching hue hain usse zyada hue hain ek ek saal main. Magar kabhi yeh sawaal nahi uttha thha (There have been more incidents of lynching in each of these years than in NDA’s three years.)”

The BJP President was asked about the “growing apprehension” all over the country in the government’s obvious lack of efficient action against the perpetrators of lynching, Shah asked, “Do you know of any such incident where arrests have not been made? I do not have any answer to ‘apprehension’… There is no apprehension anywhere in the country.”

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