Goa : BJP said that some forces are working to make sure that the Indian Institute of Technology Goa project does not come up in the state even as it asserted that Institute of Technology Goa will come up in the state.The party said that Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar had failed to provide land in his constituency at Sanguem and asked Gaonkar to let the people of the state know about any initiatives he had taken to set up IIT-Goa at Sanguem.BJP added that Gaonkar was hiding his failure and was now making statements that he welcomes IIT-Goa at Sanguem.State party general secretary, Damodar Naik said that with the elections nearing, opposition parties are trying to mislead people by raising issues and trying to spread lies. Naik said that IIT-Goa is a signature project for the state, adding, “Due to lack of time, health minister Vishwajit Rane took the initiative to have IIT-Goa at Sattari.”
Naik said that Goans are smart to understand that the government is working for the state. He also said that a lot of people who are abroad, working aboard ships or are in London, give suggestions about what the state government has to do without understanding the ground reality.Recently, chief minister Pramod Sawant was targeted by the opposition over various issues, to which Naik said, “Why are they targeting the chief minister? Is it because he has dropped them from the cabinet? When they were in cabinet they were praising the government policies inside the assembly and outside the assembly. They should first see the videos to check what they have said in favour of the government.”Sawant on Monday hit back at Gaonkar saying that the Sanguem MLA was busy in “land deals” and that the IIT project had to move to Sattari as he failed to provide the land for it.Sawant told reporters, “Gaonkar was busy in land deals and because the setting was not done properly he first refused to hand over the land to the government. We would have not shifted IIT from Sanguem to Sattari.
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