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Come out to vote in large numbers says Parrikar

Panaji: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP candidate for the August 23 Panaji bypoll, on Monday said that he was more concerned about the voter turnout than his victory margin.

Parrikar said that Ponnjekars were satisfied with the reply he gave in the assembly on the casino issue and added that he has asked casinos to shift their parking to the multilevel car park at Patto to decongest the city.

"I appeal to the people to come out and vote in large numbers and to elect me with a big margin," Parrikar told Reporters at a press conference a few hours before electioneering came to an official stop.

"Our team is all set to make sure that maximum voting takes place and that I win by a huge margin," he said.

Asked whether he required the support of coalition partners to win the bypoll, Parrikar said, "Yesterday at a public meeting the alliance partners explained that it was they who had asked me to return to the state and as such, felt responsible for my victory. They feel I should win with a thumping majority."

Talking about his campaign, Parrikar said he has covered 95% of the constituency and reached out to 4,000 families from Panaji through 120 informal meetings. He added that it was after three years that he got the opportunity to interact with his erstwhile constituents and understand if there has been any change in the issues facing the capital city. He said that he will cover the part of the constituency he has missed now, after the elections.

Parrikar said that the three issues that came up during the interactions are garbage handling and treatment, traffic congestion and parking issues. "I will solve these issues one by one after the elections," he said, and added that the people of Panaji have been appraised about the party's action plan to develop the city over the next five years.

Parrikar concluded promising to take action against the owner of the M V Lucky Seven.


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