Portuguese PM should apologise to people of Goa: MGP

Panaji, January 9
The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) today said Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa should apologise to the people of Goa for the long oppressive rule of Portugal.
Addressing a press conference at the party office in the city, former PWD Minister and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar, who is also party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly elections, said,”I am proud to say that freedom fighters played
great role.
”I congratulate him for his felicitation and also request him to apologise to people of Goa for the way Portguese destroyed temples and bridges in the state while going to Portugal in 1961,” Dhavalikar said.
However, responding to a question, Dhavalikar said that the party would not stage any protest against the visiting Prime Minister, who is of Goa
origin.
The Portuguese Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Goa on January 11.
Dhavalikar also demanded that the Portuguese Consulate in the state should be shifted as many Goans were seeking Portuguese passport.
“They are trying to lure our youth with the help of the consulate. It should be shifted out of Goa immediately,”
he said.
Goa was one of the oldest colonies of the Portugal which was liberated in December 19, 1961 by the Indian Army.

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