Impostor shocks Goa Congress, media

March 31st, 2009 - 11:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Panaji, March 31 (IANS) Congress Goa’s unit Tuesday clarified a man, who interacted with the Goan media earlier in the day after introducing himself as the ‘political advisor’ to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was an impostor.
Party spokesperson Ramakant Khalap, who hurriedly organised a press conference Tuesday evening, after local cable television telecast a news story quoting N.K. Sharma, who claimed to be the political advisor to Sonia Gandhi, on a visit to Goa.

“The Congress does not have a post of a political advisor. We have a post of a political secretary and that is held by Ahmed Patel,” Khalap told reporters.

“The person who claims to be N. K.Sharma is an impostor. The party has taken a serious view of the matter and we have initiated an enquiry into the incident,” Khalap said.

Earlier in the day, Sharma told an informal press briefing at the Dabholim airport that he was in Goa in his personal capacity, as a friend of Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao, whose daughter Valanka has been vying for a Congress ticket for the South Goa seat.

The individual, who claimed he was on his way back to Delhi, also said that the race for the South Goa seat was on as no candidate had been finalised yet.

This was after the Congress had confirmed sitting MP Francisco Sardinha’s name for the seat on March 28, a fact which had not gone well with Alemao. After Sardinha’s name was announced, the disgruntled PWD minister went on record saying two state Congress leaders had sabotaged his daughter’s chances.

Speaking to reporters, Khalap refused to comment as to whether Alemao was behind the episode. “It is too early to come to a conclusion. The party will investigate the matter,” he said, adding that the Congress could also file a police complaint after the internal enquiry was over.

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