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Goa: Additional Chief Electoral Officer Attends BJP Ally  Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Event

He has been asked to give an explanation.

Panaji: A Goa election official has been asked to provide an explanation for participating in a function reportedly organised by a political party.

Goa Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti has been called to explain his participation in a function reportedly organised by the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party – an ally in the BJP-led Goa government, in association with a local cultural club.

Photographs of the function held at Ponda in South Goa and Navti distributing prizes there are being circulated on social media.

“We have called for an explanation from Navti and I will look into the matter,” Kunal told PTI Sunday without elaborating further.

When contacted, Navti, however, said he was unaware that it was a function organised by a political party, adding he attended it since it was a cultural event.

“The organisers are my neighbours. I was not invited by any political party, but by the local Shrikrishna Cultural Club. I went there as chief guest,” he said.

“I never violate laws. I did not see the banner (of MGP). I went thinking it is a cultural event,” he said.

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