Goa could have been liberated from Portuguese rule much earlier: CM Pramod Sawant

Updated: Sep 28 2022 6:52PM

Goa could have been liberated from Portuguese rule much earlier: CM Pramod Sawant

Chandigarh, Sep 28 (PTI) Hitting out at the Congress, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said the state could have been freed from Portuguese rule much before 1961 had the government of the day paid attention to the popular sentiment.

Sawant said this while addressing a press conference here after he flew down to visit Ambala in Haryana to meet Charanjeet Kaur (84), whose husband Karnail Singh Benipal was killed at Patradevi in 1955 while fighting for Goa's liberation.

The chief minister said Goa would not have had to wait for 14 more years for its liberation after India achieved freedom in 1947 and some of the "satyagrahis", who were part of a large group that had assembled under the banner of Goa Vimochan Sahayak Samiti, would not have been killed by the Portuguese had the Centre paid attention to the popular mood.