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Goa parties spar over action on 'weaponisation' remark

IANS  |  Panaji 

A war of words broke out between the and Goa's ruling coalition partner Forward on Tuesday after a Youth urged the to book for over his recent speech urging "weaponisation" of youngsters.

Forward questioned the attempts of the to book his party President, Sardesai, for sedition, especially when the party's manifesto for the 2019 promise abolition of the British

"Our was speaking in the interest of Goan youth who were not getting jobs. The Congress should have supported us, but instead they want him booked under a British law, which the party's national manifesto claims should be done away with. That is a contradiction," he told reporters here.

On Monday, in his complaint to the EC, North Youth Congress said that Sardesai's comments made during the inauguration of his party's office here "clearly showed an intent to wage war against a government duly instituted under the Constitution, and also against the people of Goa".

on May 7 had said, that he would weaponise Goan youth if domicile provisions for obtaining jobs in government and semi-government bodies were diluted.

Earlier on Tuesday, state Congress said that he had not "checked the complaint" filed by the Youth Congress yet, when asked to explain the contradiction between Congress' promise about doing away with the controversial law and his party official's complaint seeking an FIR against Sardesai for

"Definitely, we are against sedition charges. Britishers used that law to suppress the Indian freedom movement. Congress never felt that law can be misused. When the BJP came to power, they started misusing the law against its own citizens, students and journalists," he added.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 19:06 IST