Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Vijai Sardessai launched his campaign in Fatorda on Sunday by not only weaning away around 200 BJP workers to his party but getting Congress leaders from the State endorse his candidature.
The ball was set rolling by PWD Minister Churchill Alemao who urged the people to rally behind Vijai as he has been working consistently in the constituency to help the locals avail government schemes, even though he was defeated at the last elections.
He said that it was at the behest of Vijai that many residents of Fatorda constituency could get the water tanks supplied through the PWD and while asserting that the scheme was above board, he said local MLA Damodar Naik had only sought to create a controversy over it because he knew his defeat at the next elections was imminent.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat promptly responded to Vijai request to extend the subsidized sewerage connection scheme presently available for residents of Margao town to Fatorda area too.
Mr. Kamat also gave a clean chit to Churchill Alemao and asserted that the tanks were distributed to address genuine problem of the people and not to make money. He also extended his support to Vijai to take the government schemes to the people in the constituency and praised Vijai for being consistent in his work despite his defeat at the last elections.
In his address Vijai urged the Chief Minister to announce special schemes to land losers as residents of Fatorda have lost large tracts of land for government projects.
GPCC President Subhash Shirodkar while welcoming BJP’s Mahila Morcha president Shubada Naik along with around 200 women in the Congress, said the victory of the Congress at the next elections was decided and added that the party’s strength will go up to 27 seats from the present 20 MLAs.
He launched a scathing attack on the BJP terming it as anti-poor party that cannot see any benefits being given to the marginalized sections of the society and said that is the reason why the BJP was criticizing the government’s scheme of providing free gas cylinders and water tanks to the poor.