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Amit Shah's public meet at Goa airport draws controversy

By Ians English

Panaji, July 3: The Congress on Monday demanded a case of trespass to be registered over an "authorised" public meeting BJP chief Amit Shah addressed in the prohibited area of Dabolim airport in Panaji on Saturday.

BJP national President Amit Shah with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar being garlanded at Dabolim airport upon Shah's arrival on Saturday. PTI Photo

Led by All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar, Congress workers met the airport director BCH Negi to register their protest and later claimed the official admitted no permission had been granted for the event.

taking note of the complaint, Goa's Dabolim Airport Director B.C. Negi on Monday said that "No permissions were given... I will inquire into it." He was gheraoed by AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar.

Chodankar demanded an explanaton on how the Bharatiya Janata Party was allowed to host a party meeting on Saturday at the Dabolim International Airport premises, located 40 km from Panaji. The meeting was attended by around 2,500 BJP workers.

A complaint was filed against Shah on Sunday by a local lawyer, alleging that the meeting was held without any permissions.

Chodankar, who led the protest at the Airport Director's office, said that holding a meeting at a sensitive installation like an airport showed clear abuse of power by the BJP.

"Now that the airport director has said that no permissions were given for the party meeting at the airport, action should be taken against the BJP and Shah for the audacity with which they held the function at a vital installation."

"It is a clear case of abuse of power," Chodankar told reporters after the protest. Goa BJP President Vinay Tendulkar is likely to issue a statement on the issue in the evening.


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