Scheduled Tribes leaders from Quepem constituency owing allegiance to the ruling Congress Party have urged the leadership of United Tribals Associations Alliance to keep politics away from their struggle and particularly the death of the two activists on 25th May.
Speaking to media persons, Vice-Chairman of South Goa Zilla Panchayat Kushali Velip also exonerated MLA Babu Kavlekar of any wrong doing and asserted that Kavlekar would not stoop to attacking tribals through his supporters.
Although Kavlekar is not a Scheduled Tribe he has been working consistently for the upliftment of the Scheduled Tribe community, he said.
He accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of drawing political mileage from the issue and urged UTAA leaders Prakash Velip (BJP office bearer) and Ramesh Tawadkar (BJP MLA) to stop politicizing the issue.
He wondered whether UTAA has become the ST wing of the BJP and hinted that Prakash Velip was using it to rejuvenate his political career which has been doldrums.
Kushali Velip who is a director of the Scheduled Tribe Corporation further muddied the water by wondering whether a Congressman who is seeking a ticket from the party for the Quepem constituency is behind the Balli incident and also advised Ramesh Tawadkar to concentrate on Canacona which he represents instead of venturing into Quepem.