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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Elvis in AAP aims to unleash the power of the aam aadmi

Former Goa Civil Services officer welcomed into party by Delhi DyCM; says all cases against him are bogus

PANJIM: Former Goa Civil Service officer Elvis Gomes on Wednesday entered the political arena by joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He is expected to contest the 2017 polls from Cuncolim constituency, which is currently represented by the BJP.

Gomes and his supporters were welcomed into the party by Delhi DyCM Manish Sisodia. The AAP leader did not rule out the possibility of Gomes being their CM candidate, saying, “When the time comes we will take a press conference and announce it.”
Gomes, former DMA and IG Prisons, made a scathing attack on the functioning of the administration under the BJP-led government. He said, “The administrative system, which exists in Goa is nowhere in India. The manipulations seen in Goa are not there anywhere in India. There is no end to corruption. Today it is not Chief Minister or any minister, but the situation is such that the lowest functionary in the government can also have his say on decision making or governance.”
“When a person, who does not deserve anything or any kind of benefit, is accorded the same… when such a system exist, it is called collapse of administration,” said Gomes, who was in line to be promoted to the IAS cadre a year ago, but lost the chance when the seniority list was revised.
“When it came to me (IAS promotion), I have seen that there was absolutely no control of anyone… even the highest authority has no say,” he said.
The senior bureaucrat of the Goa Civil Service cadre, who had challenged the State government’s seniority list before the High Court and won the battle, but it was set aside by the Supreme Court.
“I had options before me but I chose to go to AAP as I wanted to unleash the power of the aam aadmi, to restore the administration, which has practically crumbled,” he told media persons after joining AAP.
“I have seen this administration closely for over 19 years, where I have noticed a lot of injustice done to bureaucrats. We have no idea as to whom they wanted to please and why at the cost of people,” he said. Gomes said that in some senior officers do not allow the middle level ones to function as per rules.
Gomes had opted for VRS in July, after he was booked by ACB in a land scam, which occurred during the previous Congress govt and he held the Goa Housing Board  MD’s post.
“It is clear to everyone that the cases filed against me are completely bogus. They are, they were and they will always be bogus,” he said, adding that he has already challenged the filing of FIR before the High Court and is now awaiting justice.

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