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Can Vijai fulfil poll promises that contradict BJP decisions?

20th March 2017, 07:08 Hrs

Three of Goa Forward’s four candidates are now a part of the state government’s cabinet. So, the next question obviously is how much of the party’s manifesto promises they will follow through.


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It remains to be seen whether or not it will fulfill the promises they made before elections, some of which contradict with the BJP’s own decisions.   
GF leader Vijai Sardesai had earlier this week said the party would work with the government in fulfilling the manifesto promises through a common minimum programme’ that will be in place within a month’s time.   
Safeguarding Goemkarponn has been GF’s major election promise and with it their fight to bring back the status of coconut tree after the BJP issued a notification declassifying it as palm. The party had also, in its manifesto, promised to declare the coconut tree as a state tree.   
Another promise which is in contradiction with the BJP’s past actions is that of the Investment Promotion Board (IPB). Parties like Congress had lashed out against the IPB promising to scrap it and inquire into permissions that were granted in the past. Voicing similar opinion, Goa Forward too had promised to repeal the Investment Promotion Act 2014, based on which IPB functions.   
Protecting agricultural lands has also been on Goa Forward’s agenda. It has also promised organization of public hearing in terms of land transfers and acquisition as well as protecting eco-senstitive zones through repealing of the TCP amendment.   
Goa Forward has also promised employment to 80 per cent youth in the private sector in a phased manner and establish a skills and business development corporation for young entrepreneurs. 

Protection of agricultural land 
 Protect eco-sensitive zones 
 80% employment to Goans in pvt sector 
 Scheme for free water to households 
 Free power for agriculture and free wifi  

Public hearing in terms of land  transfers and acquisition CONTENTIOUS ISSUES
Goa Forward had in its manifesto promised  to declare the coconut tree as a State tree, but the BJP has already  issued a notification declassifying it as palm
 Apart from the Congress which had opposed the IPB, Goa Forward too had promised to repeal the Investment Promotion  Act 2014, based on which IPB functions. The IPB is already in place and the BJP is fully backing itn
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