Panaji: A good person, who strictly follows principles and has an inclination for social work can make a lot of difference in the Assembly even if he is alone, said Uday Bhembre, a writer and former editor of Konkani daily ‘Sunaparanta’.
Bhembre was speaking on the occasion of start of GSM rally near Mahalaxmi temple in the city, where around hundred voters were present. He appealed to the people to vote for the GSM candidate Subhash Velingkar and elect him to bring about a change in Panaji.
“Previously, good persons were shying away from joining politics, so, we have persons in politics with bad image who lack principles and inclination for social work. But now it is time for good people to join politics and make a difference,” he said.
Earlier in the evening, Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) took out a rally from Mahalaxmi temple in the city at around 4.15 pm with motorcycle taxi pilots in front followed by private vehicles hoisting the saffron flags.
GSM nominee for Panaji by-poll Velingkar, who was peeping through the sunroof, waved at the members of the public.
The rally was taken out amidst shouting of slogans ‘Velingkar tum aage bado… Ham tumhare saath hain,’ ‘Bharat Mataki Jai’ and ‘Goa Suraksha Manch Zindabad.’
While proceeding towards Corporation Bank building and Church Square, a jeep in the rally played a recoded speech of Velingkar.
A jeep with a police squad was closely following the rally, as recently, clashes were reported following arguments between the supporters of BJP and GSM at Ribandar during the door-to-door campaigning.
The rally after moving through Cortin-Mala-Bhatulem-Altinho-St Inez-Goa Fire and Emergency Services-Tonca-Miramar road, reached Lake View Colony, and Kala Academy and then moved along 18th June Road and took a turn from Hindu Pharmacy and went to Old Secretariat and then to Ribandar via the causeway. It then proceeded along the Ribandar Patto-Fondvem-St Pedro-Fondvem-Ribandar-Patto-Divja Circle-D B Bandodkar road-Kala Academy-St Inez signal-Palacio de Goa-Hotel-Manoshanti road and returned back to Mahalaxmi temple.