Goa: Congress ministers Churchill, Joaquim resign
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 20:52
  
Panaji: Goa Public Works department minister Churchill Alemao and his brother, Urban development minister Joaquim Alemao, on Saturday resigned from the state cabinet and also as the members of Congress, protesting against the disqualification of Churchill's daughter, Valanka, in the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) elections.

Churchill told reporters in Margao that he and his brother, Joaquim, sent resignations to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat this afternoon, after Valanka was disqualified.

"I have also resigned from the primary membership of Congress party," he said.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was not available for comments, but sources said that he had asked Alemao brothers not to resign and wait for a day.

But Churchill said both of them were firm on the decision to quit, as "Congress is doing injustice to Valanka by disqualifying her on flimsy grounds".

This dramatic development followed the announcement that Valanka had been disqualified for taking part in any elections of Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and Nationalist Students Union of India (NSUI) for one year.

IYC Goa unit polls are scheduled for July 26 and 27, and Valanka was a front-runner for the post of Goa Youth Congress President.

"As per the directions of FAME (Foundation For Advance Management of Elections), Valanka Alemao has been disqualified for contesting any elections for any post in IYC or NSUI for a period of one year," IYC's Zonal Returning Officer, Sumit Khanna, said in the order today.

"The Election Commission of Indian Youth Congress disqualifies the candidature of Valanka for the elections of Goa State Youth Congress committee," the order further says.

Valanka was accused of misusing her father's position to canvass voters.

Khanna said she was served show-cause notice on July 19 for violating the code of conduct, and she replied to it on the same day. The reply was forwarded to FAME for the final decision.

FAME found the reply unconvincing, and decided to disqualify her, he said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 20:52


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