The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, lashed out at the Congress MLA of Curtorim, Mr Reginaldo Lourenco, saying he should “first accept his guilt of being in the corrupt party,” and added that to make statements against the BJP, he should leave the Congress party.
Addressing the gathering at the Adarsh hall, Margao, on the occasion of his birthday, Mr Parrikar said, “He came from Save Goa, joined Congress and makes some loose statements. He should first accept his guilt, and if he found his party corrupt, he should leave it and make statements.’’
Taking a dig at the former PWD minister, Mr Churchill Alemao, Mr Parrikar said that the family had spend a lot of money for the election, but the people of Goa shown them the doors.
“These people should not be given a chance again in politics,’’ Mr Parrikar lambasted Mr Churchill Alemao stating that he comes to meet him in Panaji and praises, but in Margao he makes adverse statements. “He is trying to fool the people of Salcete with all his political tricks, but they are wise enough not to fall prey to it,’’ he added. The Chief Minister said that it was Congress leaders’ tendency to make such statements and therefore the people of the state had rejected them in the last election.
He pointed out that that his statement was mis-interpreted by the media.
“I had said that government would not tolerate corruption and that it would be zero tolerance to corruption,’’ but media interpreted it wrongly, he added. Commenting on the mining issue, Mr Parrikar blamed the erstwhile government for forcing mining crisis in the state with all illegalities.
“I closed down the mining in Goa to bring in discipline,’’ he said wanting to know further as to who backs the NGO who has gone to the apex court in this regard. [NT]