Parrikar, Alina betrayed Matanhy’s legacy, alleges Congress

Even though Congress on Tuesday alleged that Forest and Environment Minister Alina Saldanha has sold the legacy and convictions of her late husband Matanhy, at the altar of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s ego and greed, the party has not shown clarity on its position on the 1 km buffer zone around wildlife sanctuaries.

The Congress has termed BJP-led government’s decision as most unfortunate and said that government is functioning like a bundle of contradictions.

Addressing a press conference, Congress Legislative Party (CLP) spokesman Aleixo Reginald Lourenco alleged that Parrikar has sold himself to the mining lords of Goa.

“Parrikar, who stood for 6-km buffer zone, when in the opposition, has now made a complete u-turn,” he said.

 The Curtorim MLA said that the Chief Minister should reveal to the people of Goa as to what happened to the tears that he shed at Matanhy’s funeral, where Parrikar and Alina had pledged to keep Matanhy’s legacy alive.

“Matanhy had stood for having 5-km buffer zone around wildlife sanctuaries to protect the fragile ecology and environment around mining areas of Goa,” Lourenco said.

The party will stand by Central Empowered Committee’s (CEC) recommendation on buffer zone, which would soon be submitted to the Supreme Court, Lourenco disclosed.

“CEC is yet to submit its affidavit. If they have submitted it then CLP would be called and we will decide on the party stand,” Lourenco said, when informed about CEC’s submission in Supreme Court recommending 500 metres to 1 km buffer zone for Goa. [H]