Modi to campaign in Goa on Jan 12

Panaji, Jan 1 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will kick start its first 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign in Goa with its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressing a massive rally on Jan 12 at Merces, in the outskirts of Panaji.

More than one lakh people are expected to attend the rally by paying Rs 5 as an entry-fee, which will be donated towards Uttarakhand's relief fund.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar confirmed Modi's address at a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

"Our party leaders will be visiting each house to invite people for the rally and I will tour 16 constituencies for this," he said.

The BJP has unofficially announced the candidature of sitting MP Shripad Naik from North Goa seat and the party's State General Secretary and Law Commission Chairman Narendra Sawaikar for South Goa.

A formal announcement will however be made after a clearance from the party's parliamentary board.

Modi addressed his first rally at Taleigao after his anointment as election campaign chief and PM candidate during a three-day BJP conclave held in Goa.

Goa BJP's first pre-Lok Sabha election promise is to help several lakh Goans to get reprieve on the dual citizenship issue.

The chief minister has assured to remove a clause in Portuguese law which makes those who were born in Goa before liberation as Portuguese citizens.

"The dual citizenship issue has created among many Goans of losing their Indian citizenship. There are cases wherein their births are registered in Portugal by a third person or some agent, without their knowledge... these Indian citizens are unaware about their Portuguese citizenship," he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP will inaugurate a registration office at St Cruz for the rally this evening where people could register their participation.

The party has organized around 800 buses to ferry the crowd to and from the venue and appealed other locals to come in their own vehicles as the ones, they have organised are falling short compared to the number of people expected to attend the evening rally.

--IBNS (Posted on 01-01-2014)

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