Pacheco revives disqualification plea against Alemao

Last Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 11:00

Panaji: NCP leader Micky Pacheco has revived
his disqualification petition against Congress minister
Churchill Alemao and legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco
under the anti-defection law.

Pacheco, in an application moved before the Speaker of
Legislative Assembly on Friday, has said that the recent
notification by Election Commission of India (ECI) has
clarified that the Save Goa Front, a party which the duo claim
to have merged with the Congress, still exists.

On April 1, 2011, Joint Electoral Officer of Goa had
clearly notified that Save Goa Front was a recognised party
having aeroplane as its reserved symbol.

Pacheco has demanded that Public Works Department
minister Churchill Alemao and legislator Lourenco, both of
whom had joined Congress party in 2008, be disqualified under
tenth schedule to the Constitution of India.

"Despite the claim of the respondents (Alemao and
Lourenco) that the Save Goa Front had merged with the Indian
National Congress, the Save Goa Front was very much alive, and
continued to be a recognised political party," Pacheco has
said in his letter to the Speaker.

He has also demanded that pending hearing and final
disposal of the petition, Speaker may restrain the respondents
from participating or voting in the Goa Legislative Assembly.

Pacheco had filed disqualification petition against the
duo in October 2008 which is being heard by the Speaker.

Alemao, who had left Congress during 2006 state
Legislative Assembly polls, had floated the Save Goa Front
party. He entered the Congress again claiming that he has
merged his outfit with the grand old party.


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First Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 11:00

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