The Aam Adami Party (AAP) in Goa today welcomed the state visit of Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa and condemned Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader SudinDhavalikar for demanding an apology for Portgual's past imperialism.
In a statement here, AAP state convenor and chief ministerial candidate Elvis Gomes said, ''Aam Aadmi Party welcomes the official state visit to Goa of Portugal's Prime Minister Dr Antonio Costa who is a 'Son of the Soil' with roots in Margao. It is a feather in Goa's cap that a member of the Goan and Indian diaspora has risen tobe the Head of State of Portugal, which is high up on the list of India's friendly nations.''
''AAP condemns the MGP and its 'opportunistic' leader Sudin Dhavlikar for demanding an apology from Dr Costa for the ghosts of Portugal's imperial past. Mr Dhavlikar's demand betrays his false sense of patriotism. It is a feeble attempt to whip up passions at election time. Corruption is the most unpatriotic act and Mr Dhavlikar should first prove his patriotic credentials by coming clean on his own role as cabinet minister of the two most corrupt departments -- Transport and Public Works Department (PWD),'' Mr Gomes said.
''Portugal and India are two friendly nations and two friends never ask for apologies for events that have nothing to do with the current democratically-elected government of Portugal. Though Goa and Portugal share a bitter-sweet history, it is in the interest of our people that we invest in the dreams of our future rather thancling to the ghosts of the past,'' he added.UNI AKM SS HK SDR RAI2326
-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0171-1103999.Xml