Political parties in Goa brace for Assembly polls
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 24, 2011, 23:10
Panaji: With the Election Commission announcing March 3 as the date for Assembly elections in Goa, political activities in the state are expected to witness a sudden rise as there is only a little over two months left for the D-day.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi today announced in Delhi the election dates for the five states, including Goa.

Welcoming the announcement, all the political parties in the state, including the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP, said they were ready to go for the polls.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Subhash Shirodkar said the party is ready for the polls in alliance with the NCP.

"I will be chairing a meeting of Pradesh Election Committee on December 28 to screen the list of aspirants in various constituencies," he said.

Minutes after the announcement of the poll schedule, Leader of Opposition in state assembly Manohar Parrikar demanded that the Union Government budget should be postponed till March 3, as its presentation prior to that date would amount to violation of the model code of conduct.

"All the advertisements, promoting Goa government in the name of Golden Jubilee celebration of Goa's liberation from Portuguese rule, should be immediately withdrawn," Parrikar demanded.

He said, the party would undertake a campaign to appeal to the people to "liberate Goa from the corrupt rule of the Congressmen".

According to official figures, there are around 10 lakh registered voters in the state, which has 40 constituencies, delimited recently.


First Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011, 23:10

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