PANAJI: With the next assembly elections approaching, the first new regional party- Goa Praja Party (GPP) has been launched by two former ministers Pandurang Raut, as the president, and Prakash Phadte, as secretary general.
Addressing the media at the launch of the party in the city, Raut, a former tourism minister said “Goa’s political scenario has reached a dangerous level and the GPP has been launched to safeguard the identity and culture of the state.”
Stating that casinos, drugs and flesh trade have destroyed the cultural sanctity of the state, Raut said “Goa has become a ‘bhog-bhumi’. We are the only state in India to have casinos. The subsequent governments have failed to curb the drug and prostitution menace.”
“Land mafia has grown stronger over the years and the people of Goa cannot afford to purchase a house for themselves. People from other cities are having their second homes here and mega housing projects have been mushrooming rapidly,” he added.
Raut stated that in 1990-91 when the Dayanand Social Service (DSS) scheme was launched, thirteen thousand applications were received while currently one-and-a-half-lakh citizens have been compelled to take benefit of the scheme.