Cong suspects govt funding Modi election campaign


The Congress Tuesday charged the Manohar Parrikar-led government with “possibly transferring funds to Gujarat ahead of the Assembly election scheduled this week, to help Narendra Modi,” by overcharging stakeholders in the tourism sector. 
Speaking at a Press conference, party spokesperson Sudip Tamhankar claimed that the government moves to raise resources by overcharging vendors, especially in the tourism sector and giving ‘easy clearances’ to outside businessmen was aimed at “helping Narendra Modi for the election (campaign)’.  He alleged that instead of encouraging small businessmen in the tourism sector, the government was financially overburdening them by levying additional charges. Besides, the Congressman condemned permission granted to Sunburn Festival and demanded its cancellation.  “We believe there is pressure (from national BJP) on the Goa chief minister for giving permission to Sunburn festival,” he alleged. The festival that attracts lakhs of people from across the world originally scheduled to be held at Candolim beach from December 27 to 29 may be pushed to South Goa according to Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar. The Minister has also said that he is not averse to allowing Playboy to set shop here, provided they put up in a facility of over five stars.
Tamhankar further alleged that permission for the festival for another two days, prior to the main festival dates ~December 24 and 25, is in the process of being approved. “How can the government take this stance? There will be midnight mass for Christmas and huge traffic chaos,” he added.
Quoting Parrikar’s allegations of use of drugs and other malpractices as the then Leader of Opposition, Tamhankar said the festival should not be allowed.  
“Parrikar had criticized the Congress government and ex-Home Minister (Ravi Naik) for granting permissions to Sunburn festival. But if he (Parrikar) had these objections then why has he granted permission for the same festival now,” he questioned. 
Responding to a media question, he said traffic and alleged drugs use were the main reasons Congress was objecting to the festival. He however failed to explain whether Parrikar’s allegations, which made during the Congress regime, were true. [H]