Condemning the Betalbatim rape, state Law Minister and Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) member Francis D’Souza said that it is the responsibility of state to provide security which includes proper illumination of places frequented by people.
D’Souza was interacting with media persons at the BJP North Goa office at Mapusa on Tuesday in the presence of former WRD Minister Dayanand Mandrekar and North Goa BJP president Sukhaji Naik.
D’Souza said, “Rape or molestation is against the law and we have to provide security and illumination as it is the responsibility of the state, we have to see that the rule of law prevails.”
He further expressed happiness over the performance of Goa police and said that “after police swift action now the next step is to get the accused sentenced.”
Replying to a question on PWD Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar’s claim that he is ready to take over as the Chief Minister, D’Souza said, “As I have earlier said all 40 MLAs are capable of becoming Chief Minister and if he has expressed his wish to become CM there is nothing wrong. If my party decides that Dhavalikar should be the chief minister, I have no problems.”
Commenting on fuel prices, D’Souza said, “The Union Minister for Petroleum has already said that they are working on a long-term strategy to stabilise prices.”
Expressing happiness over completion of four years of Modi government, D’Souza said, “In last four years, the central government under Modi has undertaken development in all fields which opposition party has failed to do in the last 63 years.”
Replying on bringing back black money, D’Souza said, “It is not easy to bring back black money. There are laws and treaties signed between countries hence we have to formulate new laws to bring back black money.”
Former WRD Minister Dayanand Mandrekar said that when any party completes four years, it has a desire to let people know about the work hence we need to go to people. He said, “PM Modi has connected Indians who are residing abroad and connected them back to our country who we not in touch and made them understand about the importance of India”.