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BJP meeting at Dabolim airport was illegal, no permission was issued: Airport director

Congress office bearers, led by AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar, today gheraoed the office of Goa International Airport Director BCH Negi in Vasco and demanded that an FIR be registered against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for holding a public meeting at the airport.

Speaking to UNI, Mr Chodankar said, ”Today we gheraoed the office of Director BCH Negi and asked him to give us copy of the permission given for holding the meeting. The director told that no permission was given. When asked if we hold a meeting tomorrow, what will be the action, the director said a police complaint will be lodged and action taken as per law. Then we told him to do the same with BJP also.”

Mr Chodankar said he asked the director to lodge complaint against BJP national president Amit Shah, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and others and claimed that director had assured him that he would do the same.

The Congress leader claimed that for the public meeting addressed by Mr Shah there was no sound permission, no permission of the authority which was a defence airport.

Goa Congress Secretary Pradeep Naik, GPCC General Secretaries Sankalp Amonkar and Pratima Coutinho, among others, accompanied Mr Chodankar.

A political controversy has erupted following a public meeting organised by the state BJP which was addressed by Mr Shah at Dabolim Airport in Vasco on July 1.

Not only is congregation of people barred outside airports but it is also against rules laid down by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. However, the public meeting was organised at the Goa International Airport.

Chairs were arranged, speakers were put in place and the dais was ready before Amit Shah’s arrival, around 11 am. All arrangements were made even as Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is entrusted with security of all Indian Airports, allegedly behaved indifferently and looked the other way.

Union minister Sripad Naik, local party chief Vinay Tendulkar and minister Mauvin Godinho were present in the public meeting. At least a few hundred people assembled in thE limited periphery right outside the Dabolim airport.

A complaint has been filed by a High Court advocate in the state. Advocate Aires Rodrigues has jointly addressed the complaint to Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chief Secretary of Goa and the Director General of Police and sought that an FIR be registered against the organisers of the public meeting besides Mr Shah and all the other dignitaries present at the meeting. UNI AKM NV SW SHK 1440

— (UNI) — C-1-DL0169-958186.Xml

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