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“My concerns remain that the government of Goa may choose to move ahead with the development of highrises as close as 100 m to the UNESCO site,” Sardesai mentioned in a letter to UNESCO. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)

Goa leader calls international cultural community for help to save UNESCO Heritage Site

Panaji (Goa) [India] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:27 AM IST
Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai called for help from the international cultural community like UNESCO and ICOMOS to save the “future of Old Goa from the destructive policies of present the state government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant”.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut announced in Maharashtra that the party will try to recreate their ‘magic’ in Goa.(PTI PHOTO.)
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut announced in Maharashtra that the party will try to recreate their ‘magic’ in Goa.(PTI PHOTO.)

Political parties huddle after Shiv Sena’s claims of ‘Maha Aghadi’ in Goa

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 06:43 PM IST
Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai with two MLAs in tow travelled to Mumbai to meet the Shiv Sena top leadership.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant greets former Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, who joined the BJP along with nine other Congress MLAs during the swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant greets former Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, who joined the BJP along with nine other Congress MLAs during the swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)

Three Cong defectors named ministers in Goa cabinet rejig

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 01:39 AM IST
The four ministers were sworn in by Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha in a ceremony at the picturesque Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula in Panaji.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Governor Mridula Sinha with the four new ministers after they were sworn in on Saturday.(ANI)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Governor Mridula Sinha with the four new ministers after they were sworn in on Saturday.(ANI)

3 ex-Cong MLAs get Cabinet upgrade in Goa within days of joining BJP

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2019 06:07 PM IST
While three Congress MLAs were made ministers, the BJP’s former ally Goa Forward Party said it will join the opposition.
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant(PTI file photo)
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant(PTI file photo)

Goa CM Pramod Sawant asks 3 ministers to resign

By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 10:35 PM IST
The four ministers-- deputy CM Vijai Sardesai, Vinoda Paliencar, Jayesh Salgaocar of the GFP, and Rohan Khaunte, an independent MLA have been asked to resign.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses during Shiv Sena-BJP alliance activists' rally, in Aurangabad on March 17.(PTI File Photo)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses during Shiv Sena-BJP alliance activists' rally, in Aurangabad on March 17.(PTI File Photo)

Shiv Sena slams BJP over midnight political drama in Goa

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 05:13 PM IST
The “shameless game of power” started even before Parrikar’s ashes could merge with the land of Gomantak, the Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
Newly sworn in Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said his government will face a floor test in the Assembly on Wednesday.(ANI)
Newly sworn in Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said his government will face a floor test in the Assembly on Wednesday.(ANI)

My govt will face floor test tomorrow, says new Goa CM Pramod Sawant

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard Desouza
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 01:25 PM IST
Newly sworn in Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said his government will face a floor test in the Assembly on Wednesday.
Newly-sworn in Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has said he will take forward the legacy of his predecessor Manohar Parrikar as he admitted he had a “big responsibility” before him.(PTI)
Newly-sworn in Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has said he will take forward the legacy of his predecessor Manohar Parrikar as he admitted he had a “big responsibility” before him.(PTI)

Newly sworn-in Goa CM Pramod Sawant vows to take Manohar Parrikar’s development legacy forward

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 08:28 PM IST
Newly-sworn in Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has said he will take forward the legacy of his predecessor Manohar Parrikar as he admitted he had a “big responsibility” before him.
The Bharatiya Janata Party currently hold both the LOk Sabha seats in Goa.(HinHT file photo/ only for representation)
The Bharatiya Janata Party currently hold both the LOk Sabha seats in Goa.(HinHT file photo/ only for representation)

Lok Sabha election 2019: Governance to be in focus this time in Goa

UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 11:21 PM IST
With chief minister Manohar Parrikkar ailing, the Congress is likely to rake up governance issues, which the BJP thinks will not be an issue for a national election.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital late on Saturday night for an ‘upper GI endoscopy’, the chief minister’s office has said.(PTI)
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital late on Saturday night for an ‘upper GI endoscopy’, the chief minister’s office has said.(PTI)

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar hospitalised, to be kept under observation for 48 hrs

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard Desouza
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2019 11:11 PM IST
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital late on Saturday night for an ‘upper GI endoscopy’, the chief minister’s office has said.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh at party headquarters in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh at party headquarters in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Former Goa Congress chief blames Digvijaya Singh for not forming govt in 2017

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 06:57 PM IST
Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro has blamed senior party leader Digvijaya Singh for missing the opportunity to form government in Goa in 2017.
Goa minister Vijai Sardesai said that he was only trying to draw “an analogy between Parrikar and Jesus Christ”, but did not make an attempt to equate them(HT File Photo)
Goa minister Vijai Sardesai said that he was only trying to draw “an analogy between Parrikar and Jesus Christ”, but did not make an attempt to equate them(HT File Photo)

Goa minister Vijai Sardesai apologises for ‘likening’ chief minister Manohar Parrikar to Jesus

Panaji | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2019 01:54 PM IST
Goa agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said that he was only trying to draw “an analogy between Parrikar and Jesus Christ”, but did not make an attempt to equate them and blamed the Congress for twisting his statement.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presents the state budget in Goa Legislative Assembly, in Panaji.(PTI)
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presents the state budget in Goa Legislative Assembly, in Panaji.(PTI)

Goa minister quotes Jesus, hails Manohar Parrikar for building bridges

Panaji | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 05:45 PM IST
Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai on Thursday likened ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to Jesus Christ for building bridges, especially with people.
A Goa minister suggested the ailing chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, wanted to resign, but the BJP high command vetoed it.(PTI)
A Goa minister suggested the ailing chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, wanted to resign, but the BJP high command vetoed it.(PTI)

Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit, BJP high command did not allow, says Goa minister

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 08:50 AM IST
Goa Forward Party chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai suggested on Thursday that the ailing chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, wanted to resign, but the BJP high command vetoed it.
On Thursday afternoon, after a meeting with Amit Shah, chief of alliance partner Goa Forward Party (GFP), Vijai Sardesai had said that the BJP was “seriously considering the leadership issue”.(PTI File Photo)
On Thursday afternoon, after a meeting with Amit Shah, chief of alliance partner Goa Forward Party (GFP), Vijai Sardesai had said that the BJP was “seriously considering the leadership issue”.(PTI File Photo)

Manohar Parrikar is our leader, says Goa BJP amid talks of leadership change

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard De Souza
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 11:15 PM IST
The latest statement has only added to the intrigue surrounding who will succeed ailing Manohar Parrikar who had earlier expressed his inability to discharge his duties as chief minister.
The BJP’s central leadership is deliberating over the names of state health minister Vishwajit Rane, assembly speaker Pramod Sawant and state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, Vijai Sardesai said.(HT File Photo)
The BJP’s central leadership is deliberating over the names of state health minister Vishwajit Rane, assembly speaker Pramod Sawant and state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, Vijai Sardesai said.(HT File Photo)

BJP ‘seriously considering’ leadership change in Goa, says minister after meeting with Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2018 08:21 PM IST
Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai said that the BJP central leadership has expressed its “commitment towards giving us the respect that they have in this alliance.”
Goa chief minister Manohar parrikar has been in Delhi’s AIIMS since September 15 for the treatment of a pancreatic ailment.(PTI file photo)
Goa chief minister Manohar parrikar has been in Delhi’s AIIMS since September 15 for the treatment of a pancreatic ailment.(PTI file photo)

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, being treated at Delhi AIIMS, invites allies for in-hospital meet

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2018 04:31 PM IST
Goa CM Manohar parrikar has been in Delhi’s AIIMS since September 15 for the treatment of a pancreatic ailment.
Goa minister Vijai Sardesai said the other cabinet ministers would try and act as “shock absorbers” to ensure that the notion of government having come to a standstill does not spread.(HT FIle Photo)
Goa minister Vijai Sardesai said the other cabinet ministers would try and act as “shock absorbers” to ensure that the notion of government having come to a standstill does not spread.(HT FIle Photo)

Rumblings in Goa as cabinet meets without Manohar Parrikar

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By HT Correspondent, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2018 06:34 PM IST
Supporters of ministers who were dropped, as well as those MLAs who were overlooked for ministerial berths, have been voicing their displeasure against the government.
File photo of BJP president Amit Shah.(PTI Photo)
File photo of BJP president Amit Shah.(PTI Photo)

Amit Shah called me to ensure stability in Goa, says ally GFP leader

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2018 07:42 PM IST
Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai said sis party is now waiting for the BJP’s decision on the current political situation in the state.
GFP chief Vijai Sardesai, two other MLAs from the party as well as three Independents showed their unity when they arrived as a group Sunday to meet the BJP’s central observers.(PTI File Photo)
GFP chief Vijai Sardesai, two other MLAs from the party as well as three Independents showed their unity when they arrived as a group Sunday to meet the BJP’s central observers.(PTI File Photo)

3 GFP MLAs, independents extend support to BJP in Goa

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2018 10:41 AM IST
“We are together with the GFP with a clear intention to provide good governance and better administration to Goans,” said independent MLA and state civil supplies minister Govind Gawade.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, Delhi.(PTI Photo)

BJP rules out replacing ailing Manohar Parrikar in Goa, may reallocate his 52 portfolios

By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 11:35 PM IST
BJP leaders continued to speak in different voices, but seemed to agree on the point that Parrikar would continue to hold charge of the chief minister’s post while all of his 52 portfolios would be redistributed.
Goa agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said the BJP-led state government would promote “cosmic farming” with a view to increase crop yield.(Picture for representation)
Goa agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said the BJP-led state government would promote “cosmic farming” with a view to increase crop yield.(Picture for representation)

Chant mantra, adopt cosmic farming for better yield: Goa minister’s advice to farmers

Panaji | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2018 08:37 AM IST
Goa agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said that the state’s paddy yield would increase if its farmers chanted vedic mantra in their fields and adopted “cosmic farming” techniques.
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