Stating that it is unfortunate, Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik said that the BJP-led Goa government has put Goa on sale.
Addressing the media at the Congress House in Panaji, Naik said that he along with party leaders and locals visited Naquerim village in Quepem taluka, and inspected the 250 acres of land proposed to be given for Defexpo.
Mentioning that the government took 3 years to identify land for National Institute of Technology, he said, “The Goa government’s decision to lease out the site for Defexpo project is criminal misutilisation of precious Goan land.”
Questioning the rationale behind providing the land for the Defexpo, the MP said “When the Goa Government is not in a position to find 200 acres of land for establishing All India Medical Institute in Goa, what is the rationale in squandering away precious land for a purpose, which Goa cannot digest?”
Naik said, “Parrikar as the Leader of the Opposition in Goa Assembly was highly critical of the Defence Ministry for not considering Goa’s demand for releasing the land in its possession in favour of Airport Authority of India. However, after becoming the Defence Minister of the country, Parrikar went to the extent of calling those who were demanding shifting of naval base in Goa to Karwar as anti-nationals.”