Cong leadership treading cautious path on Churchill


The Congress leadership in Goa seems maintaining a stoic silence over the outbursts by former PWD minister Churchill Alemao against party leaders and his plans to take on MP Francisco Sardinha in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
In fact, a section within the Congress feels that the party leadership is watching helplessly Alemao’s tirade against former chief minister Digambar Kamat and has no plans, for the moment, to rein in the former PWD minister.
When Herald contacted GPCC President Subhash Shirodkar on Churchill’s outbursts against Kamat and his plans to contest the Lok Sabha, he declined to offer any comment. “I have no comment to offer. I don’t want to land in any controversy over the issue,” he said, while refusing to discuss Churchill’s recent attack on Kamat holding him responsible for his defeat. Kamat too has refused to comment on Churchill till date.
A senior Congress leader said the state party leadership is treading a cautious path vis-à-vis Churchill and his future political plans. “What role do you expect the local leadership to play when party High Command functionaries meet and dine with Churchill when down in Goa. It’s not that the High Command is unaware of Churchill’s tirade against Kamat and his plans to take on South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha in the Lok Sabha hustings, but they seems to be in no hurry to tame the Varca strongman,” remarked a Salcete based Congress leader.
Sources in the know, however, said the party is keeping a close watch on Churchill’s comeback plans, months after the decimation of the Alemao family in the Assembly hustings. The former PWD Minister, sources say, is vehemently opposed to South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha donning the mantle of GPCC president. He is believed to be also opposed to Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco taking over the GPCC reigns.
A senior Congress leader said that the party is awaiting the high command to reconstitute the GPCC to give a new direction to the rank and file post Assembly polls and pave way for the strengthening of the party to face the Lok Sabha polls due in another year.
Churchill has already announced plans to attend to public grievances in his Navelim office from January 1. At his workers meeting last month, supporters of the former Navelim MLA had even called for the dissolution of the Navelim Block Congress committee headed by Conceissao Piexote, which swears allegiance to former Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro. [H]