|April 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm #5291|
Barely a day after some members of Dabolim Block Congress (DBC) pledged their support to BJP’s South Goa candidate Narendra Sawaikar, Chicalim panch Anacleto D’Souza on Friday claimed that all seven ruling panchas, some Dabolim Block Congress committee members and other Congress workers have decided to support the Congress candidate Reginaldo Lourenco.
D’Souza was addressing a news conference along with Lourenco, who made his presence felt at Chicalim to extend his full support to D’Souza and his group following the alleged rebellion among some members of the DBC.
“Since some DBC members had decided to support the BJP candidate Narendra Sawaikar, the voters of Dabolim constituency wanted to know the status of the ruling group of Chicalim panchayat. After deliberating on the issue, the seven members of the ruling group decided to support the Congress candidate and the decision was conveyed to the electorate,” stated D’Souza.
When reminded about their support to local MLA Mauvin Godinho in light of the controversial statement made by GPCC President John Fernandes, D’Souza replied: “There are always internal problems in every party and the issue should be solved within the party forum.”
Asked if they would go against Godinho if he decided to support the BJP candidate, D’Souza said the decision to support the BJP candidate was made by some Dabolim Block Congress committee members. “Godinho is still with the Congress and is yet to take a decision. If he decides to support the BJP candidate, then we will not support his decision,” clarified D’Souza.
Panch Marie Mascarenhes said they are not against those who are supporting the BJP candidate and everyone has the right to decide for themselves.
Lourenco stated that his fight is against the BJP, which is trying to divide the country on communal lines.
When brought to his notice about the controversial statement made by Fernandes, Lourence replied: “It is the internal matter of the party and Godinho has a forum to address his grievances. I have never spoken against Godinho, Churchill Alemao or Francisco Sardinha and God should forgive them for their behaviour,” he added.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Ruling panchas of Chicalim decide to support Reginaldo“