Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 14 October
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday expressed confidence that the ruling BJP will win an “absolute majority” in the Goa Assembly elections to be held in February next year and form the government once again in the state.
He said that the ‘double engine’ BJP governments in Goa and at the Center would help in the development of the state.
Lack of trained staff in forensics
There is a shortage of trained manpower in forensic science, which affects the conviction rate and leads to piling up of cases. –Amit Shah, Home Minister
“It is still election time. But I am appealing to the people of Goa to make up their mind to elect the BJP in the state under the leadership of Narendra Modi at the Centre.
Goa is set to witness a multi-cornered election with regional forces including the ruling BJP, opposition Congress and Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena among others. – Member House.
In the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly elections, Congress emerged as the single largest party by winning 17 seats. However, the BJP, which won 13 seats, managed to form the government with Manohar Parrikar controlling the affairs in his home state.
Shah is expected to discuss the views of the state unit on the pre-poll alliance arrangement in Goa.
Shah, who has begun his tour of the assembly elections, will also visit Uttarakhand later this month to take stock of the political situation on the ground. Meanwhile, Shah said the government is targeting to make spot visits of forensic teams “compulsory” in offenses punishable by more than six years in prison.
Shah was addressing a gathering at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the National Forensic Science University in Goa’s Dharbandora village.
“There is a paucity of trained manpower in the field of forensic science, which affects the conviction rate,” he said.