Modi govt should now work to get back PoK: MGP
    Panaji, Sep 11 (PTI) Lauding the Centre for abrogating
Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) on Wednesday said the
Modi government should now also make efforts to get back the
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
    MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar, whose party is a former
ally of the ruling BJP in Goa, congratulated Prime Minister
Narendra Modi for some of his government's bold decisions
during the first 100 days of its second term.
    Dhavalikar, who was formerly deputy chief minister in
the Pramod Sawant-led Goa government, said the abrogation of
Article 370 was one of the "remarkable decisions" taken during
the Modi government's second term.
    "After revocation of Article 370, now the Modi-led
government should free the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and annex
it to our land," said Dhavalikar, whose party supported the
Congress during the Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year.
    Dhavalikar also congratulated Modi for criminalising
triple talaq and for the significant success of Indian Space
Research Organisation's (ISRO) lunar mission Chandrayaan-2.
    The former state transport minister also said that Goa
should immediately enforce the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
    "The Act is a result of four-year long deliberations
by various state transport ministers. It should not be made
redundant, though several opposition parties are against its
implementation," he said.
    The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by
President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter
punishment for violation of traffic regulations and to bring
discipline on roads.
    The MGP, Goa's oldest regional party, had three MLAs
after the 2017 state polls. But, in March this year, two of
its legislators joined the ruling BJP.
    Dhavalikar is now the lone from the MGP in the state
having a 40-member Assembly. PTI RPS

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