Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash Shirodkar was caught in a piquant situation on Monday when the Youth Congress held a press conference to announce its membership drive. As the Youth Congress representative asserted that no person with a criminal background would be admitted, Subash was bombarded about his party having persons with criminal background as ministers.
Caught in the dilemma of having gone against the promise of cleansing the political system by not admitting people with criminal backgrounds into the party, Subash dodged the questions and said he would have a separate press conference over the subject.
Quite a number of the Congress ministers in the State government have either got criminal cases pending against them or had criminal cases filed against them.
Leading the pack is Education Minister Babush Monserrate who has a criminal case pending against him with regards to the attack on the Panjim police station while PWD Minister Churchill Alemao had a Customs case pending against him which was compromised.
Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho has a case of criminal conspiracy pending against him with regards to the rebate given to power guzzling units when he was the power minister and the Home Minister Ravi Naik has been alleged to be giving patronage to drug dealers in Goa through his son.
Youth Congress’ Sumit Khanna who is the Zonal Returning Officer for the organizational polls, said it was All India Congress Committee General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi’s vision to ensure that no person with criminal background joins the Congress.
Announcing their plans for Goa, he said one lakh membership has been targeted during the membership drive which is being held from 15th March to 5th April in Goa.
The office bearers of Youth Congress will be elected this time instead of the earlier practice of nominating them and the person who gets the highest number of votes will be the president while the vice president will be the one who polls the second highest number of votes.
A team of five members have come down to Goa from the Centre to oversee the entire process which will be conducted through three committees each comprising of ten members at the State, District and Block level.