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Goa Election 2017: Parrikar is wrong to claim BJP fulfilled all poll promises, here's what it missed

In December 2016, Parrikar was seen telling media that BJP had nothing to promise to Goa voters, as all promises made in 2012 stand fulfilled. His statement was reiterated by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as well as BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar.

However, when a comparison between the manifesto promises of the party and their implementation after coming to power is made, there are some issues which were never really resolved. In the 2012 manifesto, Parrikar had promised to slash VAT on petrol within a month. But after initially reducing VAT, which led to petrol prices coming down to Rs 54, the government, later on, brought the prices to pre-2012 levels.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. File photo. PTI

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar. File photo. PTI

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (who replaced Parrikar after his promotion to the Union cabinet in November 2014) claimed that the 2012 decision to bring down VAT on petrol to 0.1% was only to bring down prices at a time when fuel prices were at an all-time high.

In March 2015, the government of Goa raised the VAT to 15 percent from 10 percent.

The BJP had also promised that it would support regional language schools through government funding. However, the party seemed to have not fulfilled its poll promise as prominent regional language activist Subhash Velingkar left BJP on unfulfillment of the issue.

Velingkar, the former Goa RSS chief, blamed the saffron party for doublespeak as Parrikar after coming to power allowed government funding to English medium schools run by Catholic institutions.

Another promise which the BJP seems to have not fulfilled is its stand on casinos.

In 2012, the party had promised to relocate casinos to "deep sea" but after coming to power, the then chief minister Manohar Parrikar insisted that he would relocate the casinos to deeper seas off Goa only after four years by 2016.

Goa chief minister Parsekar in January 2015 went a step ahead and insisted that doing away with casinos may not be such a good idea at all.

Updated Date: Feb 05, 2017 10:39 AM

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