Narvekar rips through Kamat; says he finished Congress in Goa
Former Dy CM joins AAP says the party has a good reputation nationally and internationally
PANAJI: In the first press conference called to announce his joining the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party, former Dy Chief Minister Dayanand Narvekar ripped apart leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat for finishing the Congress party in Goa.
Narvekar asked why the former chief minister and the current LoP not resigning from teh post even after being charge-sheeted in the Louis Berger case.
“He finished Congress party in Goa. On what moral ground is he continuing as Opposition leader after being charge-sheeted in Louis Berger case?” he asked.
Narvekar said that he was removed as State Finance Minister because he had hurt the mining companies.
“I was told during budget that I must not do anything against the mining companies, but yet I imposed transportation cess, which would bring in revenue of additional Rs 1000 cr,” he said.
He further added, “it would also stop teh illegal mines as every truckload would be accounted for.”
Narvekar said this did not go well with the mining companies, and Digambar Kamat and I was asked to resign soon after Budget.
On joining AAP, he said, the party is acclaimed at the national and international levels.
“AAP has a good party structure in about 20-22 constituencies. They worked hard everywhere during COVID or otherwise. We need to appreciate that. When such a party comes, there is a positive thought amongst people. They are non-corrupt, non-controversial,” he said.
Further, he said, looking at the last ten years, what has happened in Goa? I thought maybe it was time for me to make a comeback in politics.
“Last five years, I was not active. I did not want to do interference in people’s mandate as people had elected MLAs, and I felt wrong to interfere,” he said.
He further said that the Delhi model could work in Goa.
“The way they invested in Education and Health sector it would be great to see such models in Goa. I thank AAP for giving me a platform to work for the people of Goa,” he said.
Replying to a query, he said he would join the party only as a simple worker.
“Neither I have asked for any position or any ticket,” he said.
On TMC, he said the party must introspect that almost 25,000 families of Bengal have settled in Goa that is because of lawlessness and bad administration.