Either the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) new spokesperson Sudip Tamankar suffers from selective amnesia or from ‘I need to be in media glare’ syndrome, if one analysis his tirades against the current BJP-ruled alliance government.
In his recent message to the people of Goa on behalf of the Congress, he has urged the Goans to boycott the donation drive launched by the BJP to raise Rs 1 crore for the relief-aid to the tragedy struck people of Uttarakhand. However, when Goa was hit by the Canacona Floods in 2009, it was the then Congress Government that launched the Chief Ministers Relief Fund which was headed by Sandip Poinguinkar, which collected donations for prominent Goans as part of its relief-aid to the displaced people of the state. Even the UPA-2 government at the Centre donated Rs 5 crore as relief-measure.
Here is what Tamankar elaborated in the media briefing today, “The Goa government should spend money on buying books and raincoats for students and not donate money towards relief of Uttarakhand flood victims.
It may be recalled that Congress’s national ally NCP raised series allegations against Goa Pradesh Youth Congress (GPYC) and GPCC of misappropriations of funds collected for the utilization on relief work to those affected by the Canacona floods. In fact current Congress General Secretary and spokesperson Sankalp Amonkar was allegedly in the heat of the storm on ‘Canacona Relief Fund Scam’, with NCP threatening to file a case against the Youth Congress leader.
Civil Officers of then Goa government amongst others also contributed to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.