Catholic MLAs have turned against their community: Trajano

The 10 Catholic MLAs, who are either in the government or supporting it from outside, have "betrayed the Catholic community at the altar of self seeking benefits", Lokancho Adhar president Trajano D'Mello said on Thursday.

D'Mello said he had "authentic information" that till September 3, of the 592 girls who availed of the Laadli Laxmi benefits, 484 are Hindus, 99 are Catholics and only nine are Muslims. What is shocking is that hardly any of the 99 Catholic beneficiaries are from the 10 constituencies represented by the Catholic MLAs, D'Mello said.

He named these 10 constituencies which are represented by Catholic MLAs as Aldona (Glen Ticlo), Calangute (Michael Lobo), Mapusa (Francis D'Souza), Cortalim (Alina Saldanha), Vasco (Carlos Almeida), Navelim (Avertano Furtado), Nuvem (Francisco Mickky Pacheco), Velim (Benjamin D'Silva), Curchorem (Nilesh Cabral) and Benaulim (Caetano Silva).

D'Mello declined to state how many Catholics had benefited from the Laadli Laxmi scheme in these 10 constituencies but said the figures are "shocking" and will be revealed soon. "Let them contradict me and I will reveal the actual figures," D'Mello said, adding that the Catholic MLAs "have turned traitors and ditched their community."

D'Mello also accused minister for women and child welfare Dilip Parulekar of exposing his own "inefficiency" as despite being in charge of the department, he got benefits of Laadli Laxmi for only 12 girls in Saligao, of which 10 are Hindu and two are Catholic. "He took 1,000 forms," D'Mello said.

D'Mello said he is not appealing to the church but is only appealing to the Christian community to take cognizance of the failure of the Catholic MLAs to protect their interests. [TOI]