"I withdrew as they didn't agree to wear helmet": Aleixo

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 April 2013 18:21 IST

“I had cautioned them not to go without wearing a helmet. They were reluctant. That’s why I did not go with them”, Congress MLA Aleixo Reginald Lourenco told goanews.com today over the controversy of nine MLAs riding bikes on NH17 without helmet.

Lourenco is now planning to move a calling attention motion on the issue in the Assembly, with a hope that it would be taken up immediately.

The dramatic bike ride of nine MLAs, including labour minister Avertano Furtado, became a big issue as they came to the Assembly on five Bullet bikes, without wearing a helmet.

The riders were minister Avertano Furtado, BJP MLAs Carlos Almeida and Glenn Ticlo, GVP MLA Mickky Pacheco and Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte.

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When asked for his reaction, Lourenco disclosed that he was also supposed to accompany them on his bullet.

“I have a 35-year old Bullet. I even cleaned it up”, he told goanews.com.

According to him, he suggested to Furtado that all should go wearing a helmet, but he was reluctant.

“I didn’t want to take a risk of such kind, so I withdrew”, he said.

According to Lourenco, the act of going on a bike without wearing a helmet was a conscious decision and not out of mere enthusiasm.

“I didn’t like that, that is why I withdrew”, said Lourenco.

He is now planning to move a calling attention motion on Monday.

“I will reply if the Speaker accepts the motion. This is not a good trend”, said transport minister Sudin Dhawalikar, when he was told about Lourenco’s plan. 

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Hats off to Mr. Lourenco.

- angela dias, navelim - goa | 09 th April 2013 00:38


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