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BJP must stop seeking votes in name of religion: Lobo

Panaji: Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and Deputy Speaker of Goa assembly Michael Lobo has reacted sharply to the results of assembly elections in the five states stating that this is a signal to the party to stop asking for votes in the name of religion.

Lobo said that when leaders lose contact with the party workers or ‘karyakartas’, the results of elections resemble that of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh assemblies.

“In Goa, we saw exactly these things in the 2017 assembly elections. The ministers who lost the last assembly election had an air about themselves and neglected the grassroots level workers of the party,” he said.

He said that the overall changes done with regard to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi were a big failure and due to them businessmen in the country were suffering. “The central government should bring down GST to 12 per cent from 18 per cent for businessmen,” he said.

The Calangute legislator said that the government has to bring in major reforms in sectors like education and business for the economy to grow in the state and the country. He also said that it is time for the party to stop asking for votes in the name of religion and caste. [NT]

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