The Congress spokesman, Mr Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, on Monday, cautioned the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party not to launch personal attacks on Congress leaders,
adding that such attacks would not be tolerated in future and party would give befitting response to such outbursts from the ruling party leaders.
Addressing a press conference, Mr Lourenco told reporters that Congress party would not be deterred by the pressure tactics and personal attacks of the ruling party on its workers even as he said that the party was staunchly behind another Congress spokesman, Mr Sudip Tamankar, who has been severely criticised by the BJP recently for his outspoken behaviour.
He also hailed the elevation of Mr Rahul Gandhi and said that the rise of Mr Gandhi in the party organisation would give a new dimension to the Congress. He said that Congress in Goa was with Mr Gandhi and would work towards fulfilling his goals.
Earlier, Mr Tamankar alleged that BJP used the beneficiaries of the Griha Aadhar Scheme to protest against him for his allegations against, Mr Dayanand Mandrekar, the Water Resources Department Minister, even as he said that he would not be cowed down by such protests and continue to expose the misdeeds of the BJP leaders.
Mr Tamankar further said that rather than protesting against him, those women should have protested against the gambling that was going on unabated in Siolim, which would have helped some families from being ruined totally.
He said hat he has provided information to the Central Bureau of Investigation against Mr Mandrekar and his colleague, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, the state Health Minister, and that he need not give any clarification to the protestors.
The Congress spokesman also said that while Mr Manohar Parrikar, as opposition leader had sought resignation of Congress ministers against whom charge-sheets were filed in the courts, it remained to be seem what action he was going to take against Mr Ramesh Tawadkar, the Sports Minister, and Mr Narendra Sawaikar, the chairman of state Law commission, against who charge sheets have been filed recently in a court.
Mr Tamankar also said that Mr Parrikar owed an explanation to the citizens of the state, as Home Minister, over the issue of rising criminal cases and deteriorating law and order.
“He should resign from the post as he has failed to bring law and order under control,” he said adding that Mr Parrikar while in opposition was seeking resignation of the then Home Minister almost on daily basis. [NT]