Sardinha confident of winning S Goa LS seat

MARGAO: The member of Parliament (MP) of South Goa, Mr Francisco Sardinha on Saturday said that he is confident of winning the South Goa Lok Sabha seat even though the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying all the tricks of the trade to spread its wings in South Goa and more particularly in Salcete taluka, which has been all these years “a bastion of Congress.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Railway Ticket Counter in partnership with the post office at Raia with an aim to provide better services to the locals, Mr Sardinha said, “People of South Goa know Sardinha. Let BJP make the move. It will make no difference to me. People have seen during the last 9 months how BJP failed in ruling the state.” He further said, “People are now fed up with BJP-led government.”
When pointed to the differences among his own party men, and to the oft-repeated statements of the former PWD minister, Mr Churchill Alemao that he too is in the race for the Congress ticket for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls and that even if not given the ticket he would still contest the election, Mr Sardinha mockingly and sarcastically replied posing a question back to media, “You ask him which party is giving him the ticket?”
Responding to a media query on the Dabolim airport issue, he said that the Dabolim airport has to stay even if the Mopa airport is constructed. “For the people of South Goa, Dabolim airport is required and, therefore, the central government had sanctioned lot of money for its expansion. It is a government airport,” Mr Sardinha said emphatically.
When he was questioned whether two airports are feasible for a small state like Goa, Mr Sardinha said, “I am one of the committee members. The concerned central government officials had visited the areas and checked the feasibility and given in writing that two airports are technically feasible for the state of Goa. Therefore, the central government sanctioned money for the Dabolim airport.”
When it was mentioned that one of the two airports had to be shut in cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore, Mr Sardinha said that their case was different as in their case, the authorities were told earlier about the decision. “If Mopa is built at the cost of Dabolim, we have clearly said that we don’t want Mopa,” he said.
On the issue of non-availability of cooking gas cylinders, he said during a meeting at the central level, the issue was raised with the concerned minister and he has assured to look into the matter. [NT]