PANAJI: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) today has condemned the statements made by Minister of State (MoS) Ramdas Athavale on ST reservation in Goa Legislative Assembly.
“We strongly condemn the statements made by Minister of State (MoS) Ramdas Athavale on ST reservation in Goa Legislative Assembly. This has exposed the BJP” said Congress Vice President Sunil Kawthankar.
He further said that Athavale’s statement make it clear of what the BJP thinks of the ST community in the state.
“Why has the BJP not condemned the statements made by Athavale. Even non of BJP leaders have condemned this”he added.
Sunil also said that Athavale’s statement exposes the BJP’s stand on ST community.
“Atleast Sports Minister Govind Gaude should have condemned the statements made by Athavale,” he said.
Kawthankar said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant should clear BJP’S stand on ST reservation in Goa Legislative Assembly.
Kawthankar, said that Athawale’s statements have revealed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) true stance regarding the ST community.
Congress also demanded that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant should clarify now whether he is serious about ST Reservation and whether he will keep his word and take delegation to Delhi.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, on Tuesday had said that as there is a small ST population in the coastal state, reservation is not possible.
“The population of Scheduled Tribes in Goa is very small as per the census. Hence reservation is not possible,” Ramdas Athawale said.