Panaji: British MP of Indian origin Keith Vaz's electoral campaigning on Sunday for a controversial political family in Goa has triggered outrage in the Goan diasopra and on internet. Vaz shared the stage with Valanka Alemao, one of the four members of the Alemao family contesting the March 3 polls to the state assembly here. He has defended his presence at Valanka's debut electoral campaign from the Benaulim assembly constituency as a "personal issue".
The six-time Labour MP of Goan origin from Leicester addressed a Congress party election meeting at Varca in South Goa on Sunday. This sparked outrage among the Goan diaspora, of which some members have now shot off a letter of complaint to the British Prime Minister's Office at 10 Downing street, London, and the British high commission in New Delhi.
"Foreigners cannot take part in Indian politics... especially members of parliament of a foreign nation. Vaz's support to the controversial Alemao family is not a palatable thing for any of us," said Sarto Rodrigues, a member of the Goa NRI forum from Abu Dhabi, who has drafted the complaint.
Four Alemaos -- Churchill, his daughter Valanka, and brother Joaquim and his son Yuri -- are due to contest the forthcoming state assembly polls, the first three on Congress tickets, while Yuri is contesting as a Nationalist Congress party (NCP) candidate. Together, the Alemao quartet is vying for one-tenth of the 40 assembly seats up for grabs in the Goa legislative assembly....