MAPUSA: North Goa Congress president on Tuesday slammed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for allowing the notorious Sunburn Music Festival to go ahead despite a clear cut assurance that the festival will not be allowed this year in Goa.
Pointing out that Sunburn has begun in full flow with thousands of party goers seen attending and dancing at the party without any masks or any kind of social distancing, Bhike has questioned the Chief Minister’s authority and the value of his word that he has given to the people of Goa.
“The chief minister categorically told the people of Goa through the media that the Sunburn festival was not being held and that he himself had put a note on the file rejecting it. Despite the chief minister’s word the party has gone ahead in full steam making a mockery of the Chief Minister’s claims that the festival is not being held,” Bhike said.
“Sunburn is not just a music festival but it has turned into a vehicle for drugs, going by the number of overdose incidents, and will most certainly turn into a mega super spreader event that will fuel a large number of cases as will be evidenced over the coming weeks,” Bhike said.
At the festival there have already been reports of two cases of drug overdose and while thankfully the victims didn’t die due to timely medical intervention, the government’s careless attitude towards the health of the people has prompted serious questioning
“The Chief Minister and his government of incompetents has proven time and again that the welfare of Goans is the last thing on their mind while entertaining the big businessmen and those who have bags full of money has always been his only priority,” he said.
“The government instead of providing gainful unemployment to local youth and helping provide the youth with jobs is promoting festivals like these which are a bad influence on Goan youth,” Bhike charged.
More than drugs, such festivals lead youth towards bad habits like alcoholism which the government doesn’t appear to be concerned about at all.
Raising an alarm at the rising number of cases across the country and including Goa in the wake of the fast spreading Omicron variant of the virus, Bhike urged caution and demanded that the state begin to strictly enforce the mandatory protocols including at various party zones and punish the offenders for failing to enforce them.