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‘Churchill must apologise for remarks on priests’

Last Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:33

Panaji: In more trouble for former Goa
Congress minister Churchill Alemao, after his remarks against
Catholic priests here, a church-backed front has demanded a
public apology for the same, and termed his allegations as

Alemao had claimed that the Congress was defeated in the
recent Goa polls as 80 per cent of Catholic priests appealed
people not to vote for the party.

However, the All Goa Catholic Minority Front (AGCMF),
backed by the Goa church, rubbished the allegations as
"baseless" and said, "Churchill Alemao should have gracefully
accepted the mandate of the people who vented their anger and
sought for a change."

All the four members from Alemao family Churchill
(Navelim), Joaquim (Cuncolim), Valanka (Benaulim) and Yuri
(Sanguem), had lost the recent assembly elections in Goa.

AGCMF Convenor Bernabe Sapeco said that by levelling
allegations against clergy, Alemao is showing his frustration
after defeat.

The Front, on the other hand, welcomed a statement by
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to alter dates of IFFI so that
they don`t clash with the celebration of feast of St Francis
Xavier at Old Goa.

The Congress government had earned people`s ire for IFFI
dates clashing with the feast, which is attended by over a
lakh devotees from across the globe.


First Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:33

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