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Goa to celebrate 'identity day' to mark 1967 poll on merger

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

will celebrate January 16 as 'Asmitai Dis' (Identity Day) to mark a referendum in 1967 when people of the then Union Territory opted not to merge with

made the announcement today.

The referendum on whether to merge with neighbouring was held on January 16, 1967.

"The has decided to celebrate the opinion poll day as Asmitai Dis. This was the only referendum held in Independent India," Parrikar told reporters, adding that due to its outcome, kept its separate identity.

"Therefore the day has to be recognised and also the people who were involved with it," he said.

was liberated from Portuguese rule in December 1961.

When the referendum was held, the then ruling party, (MGP), was in favour of becoming a part of But several leaders, led by of United Goans party, were opposed to it.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:06 IST