The Congress kicked off its election campaign on Sunday at the workers meet held for Margao block at the BPS grounds, which saw not only a large number of Congress workers present, but also a horde of Congress leaders addressing them.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, setting the mood, asserted that the Congress could easily win 30 seats on its own strength without support from anybody else. While this was an unveiled threat to its alliance partner the Nationalist Congress Party that has been making some demand unacceptable to the Congress, it was also aimed at boosting party workers’ morale which is right now quite down faced as the government is with various scams and scandals more particularly involving the Police Department.
While cautioning the workers not to fall prey to the negative propaganda of the opposition, Digambar said the Congress victory at the next assembly elections was assured due to the work done by his government which has brought about progress, development and also provided not only employment to the youth but also self employment opportunities to many including women.
Beleaguered Home Minister Ravi Naik took the opportunity to attack his detractors and targeted Micky Pacheco in particular by raking up all the cases of assault including those on government servants registered against him and demanded to know whether a person of such character should be inducted in the cabinet?
Turning on to his opponents within the party, Ravi likened them to pet dogs mingling with rabid dogs to create a dangerous situation and said that action should be taken against such party workers. While the Chief Minister was confident of winning at least 30 seats, Ravi said the party would win 28 seats.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao who reportedly orchestrated the whole drama of opposition to Micky’s induction in the cabinet at Digambar’s behest, also lashed out at Micky Pacheco by accusing him of having no respect for women. He too came down heavily on party workers and MLAs in particular who are predicting the Party’s defeat at the next elections.
Churchill while asserting that the MLAs speaking evil of the government were frustrated because they had not got ministerial berth, suggested that they should be denied the party ticket at the next elections so that truly committed party workers and not selfish and self centered persons get the opportunity.
Incidentally, Churchill said the Congress would win 35 seats a figure quoted by his brother Joaquim Alemao too.