MARGAO: NCP’s Benaulim candidate Churchill Alemao has alleged that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar saved Caitu D’Silva from being disqualified as an MLA.
Churchill also alleged that Parrikar pressurised and shunted out an officer in the Union Home ministry to help Caitu.
Claiming that he is in possession of clinching evidence against Caitu, Churchill has vowed to take further legal action.
Addressing the Press, Churchill said, “The defence minister changed the officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs and forced the new officer give the order that saved Caitu. This was done eyeing elections.”
Churchill rejected the suggestions that complaints of Valanka and John Fernandes were connected.
“Valanka’s complaint asked whether a person is allowed to contest election if he is a Portuguese citizen,” Churchill said.
When asked whether he would John Fernandes against Caitu, Churchill remained tight lipped.
Rejecting Caitu’s allegation that he was responsible for the deletion of 27,000 people from the electoral rolls, ChurchilI explained, “Till date no one who has not surrendered his/her Indian passport, has been removed from the rolls. The ones who have surrendered passports have been removed and that has nothing to do with the Alemao family or its election petition.”
On Caitu’s claim that he has spent his life savings on defending his citizenship, Churchill claimed that Caitu’s “wealth has increased by over a crore.”
Churchiill said that he would fight for the people in Portuguese passport issue and would be happy if dual citizenship is granted.
Churchill opined that the next government cannot offer new jobs to the people “if there is lot of stress on economy mainly because of the 7th Pay commission.”
“Therefore, I will make sure that most get Portuguese passports and get jobs abroad,” he said and asked: “How many jobs do you think will be lost due to the ban on liquor outlets within 500 mtrs of highways?”
Contending that the decision to ban liquor outlets as wrong, Churchill said, “Not that the SC verdict is wrong, but I will fully support the liquor businessmen.”
Meanwhile, Churchill said that he would support the Congress in forming the next government.