Congress spokesman takes on own ex-govt
Congress spokesperson and Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco on Saturday joined the chorus of politicians demanding a CBI inquiry into the former Congress government's denotification of parking land at Dabolim. Flanked by independent Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai, Lourenco told reporters he was making the demand in his capacity as the Congress party's spokesperson.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Shirodkar however was adamant that Lourenco's views were not that of the party. He said the view of the party was that there was no such scam.
Addressing the press in Margao, Lourenco said, "Chief minister Manohar Parrikar recently urged Congress leaders to come forward and say that the denotification of the parking land was a scam committed by the Congress government. Yes, I have no hesitation or fear in saying that it was a scam, because I have courage of conviction," said Lourenco.
Admitting, "these are the scams that lost us the elections", Lourenco then threw the ball into the CM's court. "Now that I have accepted his (Parrikar's) challenge that the land scam was started by the Congress government, let him accept that he alone is the double beneficiary of this scam. If not, I challenge him to re-initiate the acquisition process," Lourenco said.
He then chose coy over candid when asked to elaborate on the scam. "If Parrikar renotifies the land I will name the beneficiaries," said Lourenco, alleging that Parrikar also benefitted from the scam.
"I challenge him to speak the truth. If he was not part of the scam, he would never have allowed Section 6 of the land acquisition process to lapse. I want to ask him if four months were not enough to strike down Section 48 of the denotification done by the previous government. How many hours or days are needed for such an action?" asked Lourenco. [TOI]