Nationalist Congress Party MLA Micky Pacheco lambasted PWD Minister Churchill Alemao over his threat to the Congress Party with regard to the medium of instruction issue and wondered why he did not speak up at the Congress Legislative Party meeting when the government’s stand was discussed.
“Every time elections are round the corner, Churchill raises certain issues dear to the people of Goa and then once elections are over, conveniently forgets them,” he said adding that his so stand on the medium of instruction was yet another such gimmick.
Recalling that Churchill led a group of 10 MLAs including ministers to block his induction into the cabinet and more recently, nearly 13 legislators to support Babush Monserrate he wondered why a similar pressure group was not formed over the medium of instruction issue particularly when the House was in session and the government could have been pressurized to concede to the people’s just demand.
“Instead of asking for an opinion poll of the citizens after the Assembly session is over, Churchill should have asked for opinion of the MLAs in the House when it was in session,” he said.
He questioned the Forum for Right to Children’s Education’s hesitation in attacking the government and ministers and accused it of being politically motivated. “The fight is with the government, then why not attack it?” he asked.
Pacheco said that parents from his constituency have been urging him to take up the issue seriously and said he would not be launching a full fledged movement to give parents the choice to decide upon the medium of instruction for their children.