Congress members criticise Goa CM for "mishandling" agitation

The Congress on Friday condemned its own Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for mishandling the tribal agitation, which led to the death of two leaders.

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 20:50 PM IST

Panaji: The Congress on Friday condemned its own
Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for mishandling the tribal
agitation, which led to the death of two leaders.
"Chief Minister Digambar Kamat should solve issues of
tribals within ten days, otherwise I will be forced to resign
from the party and other public offices," Goa Pradesh Congress
Committee General Secretary Vishnu Surya Wagh said.

Wagh said things that happened, were `unfair` and Kamat
should have handled the agitation and their demands properly.

"We condemn his action," he said, adding that Kamat has
no right to continue in office.
The Congress leader, who also chairs `Other Backward
Classes Corporation`, said he would not mind quitting the
post, if the Chief Minister does not adhere to demands of the
Scheduled Tribe people.

Around 10,000 Scheduled Tribe people had blocked the
National Highway on Wednesday. The agitation turned violent
when police, along with locals, began thrashing the tribals.
Two tribal leaders were burnt to death in a nearby Cashew
factory.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash
Shirodkar stated that whatever the tribals were demanding is
justified and government should agree to their demands.

Congress legislator Pandurang Madkaikar, who heads the
State Tribal Commission, has also threatened to quit the post
if the demands were not met within ten days.

PTI