PANJIM: Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai squarely blamed the Congress leadership for sabotaging the pre-poll alliance, even as he stated that All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Girish Chodankar was one of the two people responsible for the pre-poll alliance talks to fall apart.
Blaming Girish for interfering in everything, Vijai alleged that “He is one of the persons responsible for sabotaging our alliance and if we had an alliance with the Congress, today Digvijay Singh himself is saying we would have 23 seats. And it would have been a pre-poll alliance. But that was sabotaged by one or two leaders of the Congress, including Chodankar.”
Reacting to Girish’s allegations that Rs 1000 crore were exchanged to lure MLAs to form the BJP government, the newly inducted Minister charged that it is all a publicity tactic.
“This is a clear cut case of grapes being sour. Girish Chodankar has made a wild claim to hog some cheap publicity. And he is the guy who is talking now a days and the rest of them have gone to sleep. With these cheap tactics he wants to be in the limelight and he gets a fair share of publicity by doing nothing. He has to just issue a statement”, Vijai added.
Congress should introspect as to why even after being the single largest party it failed to stake claim to form the government, Vijai said.
Reacting to the section 501 of the IPC being included in the FIR against Girish by the BJP State President Vinay Tendulkar, which is indicative towards the media for publishing Girish’s statement, Vijai said, “I don’t think the media should have been targeted. The President of the Goa Union of Journalist has been assured by the Chief Minister and let us wait for the necessary corrections.”