"Rivals" out to sabotage NCP convention: Mickky

GOANEWS DESK/PTI, PANAJI | 29 January 2010 10:23 IST

The Nationalist Congress Party has accused its “rival” parties of sabotaging its state convention, scheduled to be held tomorrow in Betalbatim in Salcete taluka, the bastion of ruling Congress party. Several national leaders, including party supremo Sharad Pawar, are expected to attend it.

"Some political parties are jittery and trying to sabotage the convention", said tourism minister Mickky Pacheco, adding that he has also briefed the party leadership in this regard.


The convention is being held in Mickky's Benaulim constituency, which was a stronghold of PWD minister Churchill Alemao at one time. After Mickky defeated him 2002 Assembly polls, Churchill shifted his constituency to Navelim. The rivalry between these two leaders, belonging to the Congress and the NCP, is a well-known fact in the political arena.


Mickky however refused to name the party or its leaders, who are allegedly trying to sabotage the party convention.   


The convention scheduled to be held at Betalbatim ground is expected to be attended by more than 20,000 workers.


"NCP is gradually growing in Goa and the convention will be show the strength of the party," NCP's Goa observer Prakash Bhansali told reporters here.


He also claimed that the party has spread its wings in every nook and corner of the state and is widening its base under the leadership of Sharad Pawar. Presently, the NCP is sharing power with the Congress, with three MLAs, two among them being ministers.


NCP's top brass including Pawar, Civil aviation minister Praful Patel, national general secretary and senior leader P A Sangma, national general secretary Tarique Anwar, member of parliament Supriya Sule and other local leaders will be present for the convention.


"The convention will prepare a roadmap for the future of party. We are receiving tremendous response in the state with many people joining the party," Bhansali said.


Considering the magnitude of the convention, the state police today held meeting with Pacheco to discuss the traffic and security arrangements at the venue.


 "The entire security was reviewed to ensure that there is no traffic congestion and also security norms are adhered to," Lyndon Monteiro, NCP's Goa executive committee member, told PTI.


Monteiro said that Pawar will arrive in the state tomorrow and will participate in the function to felicitate former Goa chief minister Shashikala Kakodkar. He will be in South goa on Saturday to attend the convention, he added.

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