MMC councillor and Fatorda block Congress committee president Joseph Silva, block youth Congress committee president Yatin Phaldessai and block Seva Dal president Suresh Naik, while addressing mediapersons on Monday, condemned the party’s decision and extended their wholehearted support to Sardesai whom they termed as the “true people’s candidate” from Fatorda.
Stating that they would not tolerate any injustice against Sardesai, Silva said, “With the resignation of all these members en masse, there is now no organization or frontal Awing of the Congress in Fatorda. Let the Congress high command and, in particular, the party general secretary, Oscar Fernandes, who is credited with supporting the Congress candidate M K Shaikh, come down to Fatorda to canvass for the non-entity Shaikh.” Silva further spewed venom upon the Congress high command for “endorsing family raj and rewarding ideological bankruptcy and ignoring merit”.
“The high command rewarded defectors from the BJP and family raj candidates in the first list and denied deserving candidates who were loyalists and had worked in the constituency for the last 10 years. We need to save Goa, in general, and Fatorda, in particular, from the machinations of the high command, which is not only corrupted to the core but has now openly involved in match fixing with the BJP to field weak candidates in lieu of similar support from the BJP in other constituencies,” Silva said.