The Congress party in the state re- inducted the former party legislator Joaquim Alemao into its fold in the presence of party leaders and hundreds of grassroots-level workers, amidst a show of strength and style indicting that the party is focusing on youths and new faces in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Joaquim’s son Yuri also the party on the occasion.
Along with Alemao, hundreds of supporters, including a few sarpanchas and councillors of Cuncolim Municipality, former sarpanchas, former chairpersons and several elected representatives of the various panchayats rejoined the party, stretching the re-induction event to more than an hour.
Supporters were seen crowding the venue near the district Congress office. The live band in attendance was an added attraction for the event.
Yuri, the commercial pilot by profession vowed to work for the party in Cuncolim and also in Sanguem and would contest the election, if the party decides to give him the ticket.
“I was meant to fly (being a commercial pilot, taken training in Australia), but now I have been grounded and working with the people from the time I arrived in the state. I am committing to work for the party and would dedicatedly work in tandem to uplift it,” he said in his speech, wherein he briefed about his father’s political career in Congress.
He also took potshots at the BJP intermittently in his speech.
Digambar Kamat, the Leader of Opposition and former chief minister explained how Joaquim had served the people of Cuncolim while he was the minister in his government in 2007-2012.
He said Yuri will carry on the development-baton of Joaquim and would serve the people of Cuncolim.
Kamat criticised the BJP for not carrying out any development in Cuncolim during the last five years.
He also alerted the Congress party workers to be prepared for the election any time. Luizinho Faleiro said that Congress party is a movement and a family.
“Congress party is a way of life, to continue with the progress. Some says Congress party is a weak party, but it is not,” he stressed, advising the Alemaos to iron out differences if any within the Congress family.
Girish Chodankar said that the people of Goa will stand by the Congress party in the forthcoming elections.
“Congress party scrapped a few of the projects, which people opposed. But this BJP government and the chief minister are surrendering to the PM and the Adanis, forcing the anti-people project like double tracking. We will be with the people,” he voiced amidst applause from people.