Former Tourism Minister, Micky Pacheco whose re-entry into the State Cabinet was blocked by both the Congress and his own Nationalist Congress Party, finally announced his decision to quit the NCP and float a new regional party.
Although he had dropped enough of hints of this eventuality, speaking to media persons on Thursday after Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar inspected the Colva beach which is part of his constituency along with his bête noire Churchill Alemao and his daughter Valanka Alemao, Micky said “enough is enough”.
He said his own party, the NCP was no different from the Congress and in fact termed the two as “same liquid in two different bottles”.
He pointed out that both the NCP ministers in the State cabinet were embroiled in scams with Jose Philip being accused of grabbing municipal land and Nilkanth Halarnkar of grabbing Housing Board land.
“I have lost faith in my party leaders who have not taken any action on the evidence given to them by me of corruption in the Goa government and NCP’s Goa unit,” he said.
Announcing that the process of registering a new political party has begun, he said his first preference for the name of the new party was “United Goans” though he has submitted four other names.
“People have fond memories and attachment to United Goans particularly because that party under late Dr. Jack Sequeira gave Goa the opinion poll that retained Goan identity,” he said.
Micky said he would not quit the NCP now but would wait when the Assembly elections are due. “I do not want to trouble the people of Goa who will be forced to first participate in a bye-election and then general election if I resign now,” he said.
He expressed confidence that the people will stand by him and enable him to give a clean and transparent government after the next elections and pointed out that till date there have been no corruption charges against him even though he has served as a minister for quite some time.