Political parties are known to go overboard with their poll promises, an instance of which could be seen on Monday in Congress’ Goa manifesto, which promised to build a bridge in a village that has no river.

In a faux-pas, the Congress in its election manifesto released here today promised to construct a bridge at Neura village, where there is no river.

When the error was pointed out by media persons during the press conference, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said vaguely, “There must be some place at Neura that needs a bridge.”

Goa Pradesh Congress committee president Subhash Shirodkar admitted to the mistake in the manifesto saying, “I think it is Cortalim where they might have wanted to say that a bridge was needed. It needs correction, perhaps.”

Goa Assembly elections are due to be held on March 3.

Manifesto

The election manifesto of Congress for next month’s Assembly polls in Goa promises up to 150 units of free electricity and water to the poor if voted to power in the state.

The manifesto was released by All India Congress Committee general secretary Oscar Fernandes in the presence of national and state party leaders.

Congress has also assured to solve the problem of housing in the state by providing 5,000 flats and row houses through the Housing Board Corporation in the next five years.

“We will also form a committee of agricultural experts to survey fallow paddy fields and suggest an action plan to make it cultivable and fast track courts would be set up to solve land related disputes,” the manifesto said.

The Congress has also promised a slum-free Goa through rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers.

The party has assured to increase the ceiling of mediclaim scheme from Rs 1.2 lakh to Rs seven lakh, covering all illness.

The Congress further said that it would increase monthly allowance to senior citizens under Dayanand Niradhar Yojana from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500 and every application of widow and handicapped people would be disposed of within three months.