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NCP uses rape incident to hit out at Congress in Goa

The rape of a minor Russian girl in Panaji has prompted the NCP to attack its senior ruling coalition partner Congress in Goa.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2010 15:29 IST

The rape of a minor Russian girl in Panaji has prompted the NCP to attack its senior ruling coalition partner Congress in Goa.

Tourism Minister and NCP legislator Fransisco Pacheco on Thursday asked the Congress high command to act against the party ministers who are not "able to handle their portfolios."

Reacting to the alleged rape of the nine-year-old at North Goa's Arambol beach, he said, "If some ministers cannot
handle their portfolios then they should give them up."

"Congress high command should take action against its ministers who fail to deliver," he told PTI this morning.

Pacheco though declined to take any names, but apparently his target seems to be Home Minister Ravi Naik of Congress.

He said the January 26 incident was shameful and reflects on the poor law and order situation in the state, where
Congress is heading a coalition government.

"I had moved a confidential file to Chief Minister and called for an urgent meeting between Home Ministry and Tourism
Ministry in his (CM) presence," Pacheco said. "But there was no response to my communication from Chief Minister's Office."

Pacheco, who in the past had expressed fears about Goa being branded as India's rape capital, said he was tired of
talking about failure of law and order in the state.

"The (rape) incidents are an insult to Goa. Why should state get a bad name only because of inefficiency of a few
ministers?" The rape of a minor Russian girl in Panaji has prompted the NCP to attack its senior ruling coalition partner Congress in Goa.

Tourism Minister and NCP legislator Fransisco Pacheco on Thursday asked the Congress high command to act against the party ministers who are not "able to handle their portfolios."

Reacting to the alleged rape of the nine-year-old at North Goa's Arambol beach, he said, "If some ministers cannot
handle their portfolios then they should give them up."

"Congress high command should take action against its ministers who fail to deliver," he told PTI this morning.

Pacheco though declined to take any names, but apparently his target seems to be Home Minister Ravi Naik of Congress.

He said the January 26 incident was shameful and reflects on the poor law and order situation in the state, where
Congress is heading a coalition government.

"I had moved a confidential file to Chief Minister and called for an urgent meeting between Home Ministry and Tourism
Ministry in his (CM) presence," Pacheco said. "But there was no response to my communication from Chief Minister's Office."

Pacheco, who in the past had expressed fears about Goa being branded as India's rape capital, said he was tired of
talking about failure of law and order in the state.

"The (rape) incidents are an insult to Goa. Why should state get a bad name only because of inefficiency of a few
ministers?"