BJP woos elderly, women ahead of Goa polls
Agencies : Panaji, Mon Feb 13 2012, 11:50 hrs
Opposition BJP in a bid to lure electorate ahead of the March 3 Goa Assembly polls has hit the campaign announcing a slew of measures catering to various sections of society, including the women and elderly.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar announced that the alliance of BJP and Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP) will raise the social security benefit for elderly from current Rs 1,000 per month to Rs 2000, if voted to power.
Parrikar, who was addressing a public rally in Ponda town last evening said, the combine has listed out several socially beneficial measures in their election manifesto, which will be released in next couple of days.
The Dayanand social security scheme initiated by Parrikar during his tenure as chief minister offers pension to elderly above 60 years, widows and the handicapped.
The BJP-MGP alliance has also promised to pay Rs 1,000 per month to women if got elected.
Parrikar said if the combine given a popular mandate, it would ensure that social indicators in the state remain high.
"We will ensure that everyone gets benefit and there is proper development in the state. Congress rule has left state in financial and social shambles," Parrikar told the gathering.
Among other issues he raised was that of indisposed plastic waste and overhead power lines.
MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar said "BJP-MGP are natural allies and are aiming to provide good governance to the people".
Out of total of 40 seats, BJP is contesting on 31 seats, MGP 8 and both the parties are supporting Independent Nirmala Sawant who is contesting from Cumbharjua constituency.