Panaji: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Goa Convener Elvis Gomes on Friday stepped down from his responsibility claiming that he would be working for the party at grass-root level in the State.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Gomes informed the media that his fellow colleague and senior leader Rahul Mahambrey has been nominated as Convener of the party’s state unit, till further announcement.
Gomes, a former bureaucrat, was chief ministerial face of the party during 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election. The party had contested on 39 out of 40 seats, but could not win any.
“No one should read between the lines about my decision to step down as Convener of the State. I have taken the decision in the interest of the party, as I want to work at grass-root level,” he said.
Gomes claimed that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has been gaining popularity amongst the people of Goa, who are witnessing the failure of Dr Pramod Sawant-led government on every front.
He pointed out that the recent decision of the State to increase interest on the House Building Loan procured by the government servants is leaving many of them “without salary.”
The moral of the government servants have gone down, many are waiting for their promotion for years together, but BJP-led government has stalled it to allow their own cadre to be placed there.
Gomes said that the failure of State government on COVID-19 management front mirrors their capability to govern. “There are no enough beds in the COVID-19 hospitals. Even the private hospitals who are designated as covid facilities are full,” he said adding that the private players are charging exorbitant to treat COVID-19 patients.