Today marks a celebratory occasion for all Goans as Goa Statehood Day is celebrated today. It was on May 30, 1987, that Goa became the 25th state in the Indian Union.
The day is looked upon to witness the achievements of the state to achieve the much-desired status. Although Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule on December 1961, it achieved statehood on May 30, 1987. This year marks the 32nd Statehood Day of Goa.
The history dates back to the 19th century when the movement to free the state from the colonial rule had begun. Post the liberation of the state, there was a controversy over it that should it be a separate territory or should be made part of its neighboring state, Maharashtra or Mysore.
An opinion which was conducted in 1967 opted for a separate entity but along with a status of Union Territory. But the major parties opted for Statehood of Goa. The demand was raised in March 1971.
In October 1976, the Congress introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha demanding Statehood for Goa along with it, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party moved a private member’s resolution in the Legislative Assembly seeking Statehood.
Finally, on May 30, 1987, the status of a separate state was achieved.
Check out wishes shared by people, politicians on the day:
Greetings to the people of Goa on their Statehood day. May the little paradise, blessed with indescribable beauty, scale new heights of progress in the years to come. #GoaStatehoodDay pic.twitter.com/jszg41rTzh
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) May 30, 2019
— Ashish Dalvi (@fakes_takes) May 30, 2019
My heartiest wishes to all my Goenkars on #GoaStatehoodDay. Let us continue to support each other and work towards becoming the developed and progressive state of our dreams.
As a proud Goenkar I will always honour and continue to work towards the prosperity of our state. pic.twitter.com/Gx6L6HJOhr
— Rohan Khaunte (@RohanKhaunte) May 30, 2019
On Goa’s Statehood Day, my greetings to the people of Goa. Goa epitomises harmony, brotherhood and progressive values. The state has made a rich contribution to India’s progress.
May Goa continue developing in the times to come.
— Girish Chodankar (@girishgoa) May 30, 2019
This year it has been advocated to keep the state clean and contribute towards maintaining the cleanliness.
Watch Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant’s Address on Goa Statehood Day: