‘He (Alemao) blames the Church for his defeat in the assembly elections where he and his family members were routed, and that 80 per cent of the clergy worked against the Congress. Such baseless comments should not have come from such a leader who has shown his frustration on losing the elections. Alemao should have gracefully accepted the mandate of the people who vented their anger and sought for a change. Alemao should give a public apology to the Church authorities and the people of Goa at large,’ states a press release issued by Barnabe Sapeco and Eddie Fernandes, convenors of AGCMF on Thursday.
‘The AGCMF welcomes the statement made by chief minister Manohar Parrikar that he would get the dates changed for IFFI which coincides with the novenas of St Francis Xavier, a demand made by the Church authorities and other religious leaders as the film festival was clashing with the feast of our patron saint of Goa,’ the press release stated.
The AGCMF also condemned the desecration of the cemetery and Kabrastan at Curchorem. ‘The minorities acted wisely, did not get carried away and showed restraint which should be respected by all sections of society. AGCMF urges the government and the police authorities to act fast and nab the culprits who are trying to destroy the secular fabric of Goa for their selfish ends,’ the press release stated.