Beware of paid news ahead of polls, says Parrikar

Panaji: With elections to the state legislative a few months away, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has advised the BJP workers to be cautious of paid news.

“I am reminding you once again, ahead of the forthcoming poll, some people are trying to rake up doubts and as elections are close several campaigns will start. Paid news will start too,” Parrikar said on Saturday at the Bharatiya Janata Party Scheduled Caste morcha meeting held in Porvorim, near Panaji.

The former Goa chief minister also asked his party workers to steer clear of hoaxes floated by the opposition with elections some months away.

“Fresh issues will be raised. My only request is stay away from these hoaxes. Judge the performance of political parties using on ground performance as a parameter,” Parrikar said.

Polls to the state legislative assembly in Goa are likely to be held in early 2017.