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Cong distances self from Parrikar complainant

Less than 48 hours after Congress spokesman filed a police complaint accusing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and senior mines department officials of abetting the suicide of an official, the party Tuesday distanced itself from the complainant.

Speaking to reporters, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee [GPCC] president Subhash Shirodkar said the party had nothing to do with with party spokesman Sudip Tamhankar’s complaint against Parrikar, Mines Secretary R.Verma and director, mining and geology, Prasanna Acharya.

‘He may have done it in personal capacity,’ Shirodkar said.

Asked if the party had anything to do with the complaint against Parrikar, Shirodkar shot back: ‘I am speaking in pure Konkani. The complaint must be filed in his personal capacity.’

Shirodkar said that while illegal mining in Goa had to be halted, the government had to ensure that legal mining resumed because people from six out of Goa’s 12 talukas [sub-districts] depended on it.

‘Legal mining should resume from November or October. It cannot be made to stop,’ Shirodkar said.   
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