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Book Goa Deputy CM for sedition for 'weaponising youth' comment: Congress

IANS  |  Panaji 

In a latenight development, the urged the to book Deputy for for urging youngsters to "weaponise" themselves to force the to fulfil their demands on norms for government jobs during a speech earlier this month.

In his complaint to the EC, Vivek D'Silva, North of the has also said, that Sardesai's comments made during the inauguration of his party Forward's office premises in Panaji, clearly showed "an intent to wage war against a government duly instituted under the Constitution, and also against the people of Goa".

"The complainant states that the said act is also an indirect attempt to threaten voters in Panaji which is going for polls on May 19. The complainant states that the said words have been made by with intent to excite dissatisfaction and to create hatred amongst the people of Goa against the government," the complaint states.

On May 7, had said that he would "weaponise" his party's youth, if the BJP-led coalition government, which he and his party are a part of, did not reverse dilution of domicile norms for recruitment in as well as state-funded autonomous bodies like the

"We are willing to go anywhere to protect the interests of Goans. And this has to happen. And if our government has made a mistake then the youth, we will back them fully. We will weaponise them. I am going controversially to say this...that we will weaponise them to see that Goenkarponn (Goanness) is protected," Sardesai had said.

Interestingly, is a member of the BJP-led coalition government, but is not contesting the May 19 bypoll.

Sardesai has maintained that he is serious about the weaponisation issue as he would not tolerate the dilution of domicile requirement as it was a threat the employment prospects of the native Goan population and that he had already spoken to about his concerns about the issue.

"Goan youth has to get jobs meant for them at any cost," Sardesai has said.

On Monday, the youth wing of also submitted a petition to who is also the of to look into the domicile issue.

The complaint to the EC demands that Sardesai's comment invoked the section of

"The said above statement attracts section 124A of the Indian Penal Code i.e. sedition," the complaint states, urging action from the EC.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 12:04 IST