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Goa to celebrate 'identity day' to mark 1967 poll on merger

When the referendum was held, the then ruling party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), was in favour of becoming a part of Maharashtra.

Published: 10th January 2018 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2018 09:21 PM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the government has decided to celebrate the opinion poll day as Asmitai Dis.

By PTI

PANAJI: Goa will celebrate January 16 as `Asmitai Dis' (Identity Day) to mark a referendum in 1967 when people of the then Union Territory opted not to merge with Maharashtra.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar made the announcement today.

The referendum on whether to merge with neighbouring Maharashtra was held on January 16, 1967.

"The government has decided to celebrate the opinion poll day as Asmitai Dis. This was the only referendum held in Independent India," Parrikar told reporters, adding that due to its outcome, Goa kept its separate identity.

"Therefore the day has to be recognised and also the people who were involved with it," he said.

Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule in December 1961.

When the referendum was held, the then ruling party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), was in favour of becoming a part of Maharashtra. But several leaders, led by Jack Sequeira of United Goans party, were opposed to it.

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