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Sena criticises Goa govt for politicising Opinion Poll day

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The in today criticised the state's governments plans to observe Opinion Poll Day on a large scale with the Sena claiming that one of the constituents of the had supported Goa's with Maharashtra.

Sena said that the was politicising the day and was unmindful of the fact that (MGP)supported the of with Maharashtra.

The MGP's move to merge with the neighbouring state led to the holding of an opinion poll in 1967 in which the vast majority of Goans voted to keep a separate entity.

Attacking the Forward Party which is holding a public rally in Margao to commemorate the occasion, Naik said the party's move "smelt of double standards".

"While we completely agree with the GFP's demand that the history of Opinion Poll should be taught to students as a part of their school curriculum, its stand also smells of double-standards," she alleged.

"If Forward Party was really sensitive towards the ethos of Goans, and claim to be carrying the legacy of those who fought to keep separate, they should first of all not be a part of any that has Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party in it," she said.

She asked the party to make it clear if their ideology was different from the MGP.

Attacking the government, Naik said that it had no right to celebrate Opinion Poll Day as the was all set "to sell pieces of to New and neighbouring states for their political interests."

The Sena said that Goas compromise on Mahadayi water sharing issue with was an example of how is being "sold to at the behest of (BJP)leaders in "

"River nationalisation is another example of how our rivers, and the people dependent on it, would be left at the mercy of the powers in Delhi," she added.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 19:55 IST