Panaji: In an apparent dig at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said after the November 8 demonetisation move, the roadside posters and ‘topis’ (caps) had disappeared in Goa.
“After demonetisation, the roadside posters and ‘topis’ (a distinctive insignia for AAP supporters) had disappeared. I am told slowly they are getting visible now,” Parrikar said.
The former Goa Chief Minister, addressing a ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally at Shiroda near here, was referring to the banners put up by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party claiming it will win the state Assembly polls, likely to be held in the first quarter of 2017.
The coastal state is currently ruled by a BJP-led coalition. “Goans don’t go by banners and numbers (related to seats) flashed on them,” he said, adding voters have realised BJP is the only party which works for overall development of the state.
Parrikar appealed to voters to give at least 26 Assembly seats to the BJP (out of the total 40) in the ensuing elections.
Talking about the drive to make Goa a cashless society, Parrikar said 10,000 Point of Sale (PoS) machines will be installed in the state and more than 70,000 people trained in handling cashless transactions by December.
“Goa was the first state that started going cashless through implementation of its social welfare schemes. The government directly transferred money under these schemes to the account of beneficiaries,” he recalled.