IndiaScoops.com has learnt that the Congress High Command in Delhi is furious over senior Goa Congress leader and former CM Pratapsingh Rane‘s remarks about Goans working in London and washing toilets or doing dishes for a living.
Rane’s ‘sandas duhta’ (washing lavatories) and ‘toilet cleaners’ phrase has particularly not gone down well with party President Rahul Gandhi, who has however left it to the State in-charge to handle the situation.
Rahul Gandhi was very angry when told about the volatile situation in Goa and the anger of the Goan people against the Congress, which has become very visible on social media. He immediately instructed that corrective action be taken in the matter and Rane should clarify his comments. He has even asked Rane to apologize to the people of Goa and particularly Goans working abroad.
While Rahul Gandhi who is very active on Twitter has not commented about the subject, IndiaScoops.com has learnt that Sr Rane has been asked to show cause. The Congress high command has also demanded that Rane apologize to the people of Goa if need be and sort out the situation on a war footing.
A harried Rane got on the phone to do damage control, explaining that the ‘jibe’ was not meant to offend Goans, but to chastise and explain to the youngsters that it is better to work in your own State, rather than wash toilets in another country. My comments have been reported out of context by political rivals, Rane is reported to have said.
Rane is understood to have said: “It was part of an entire sentence and must not be viewed in isolation. As a senior congressman, I wanted to explain to the youth that their choice of career is wrong. I was not degrading any kind of job or career nor did I intend to insult any individual,” Rane is supposed to have explained to his bosses.
IndiaScoops.com has not been able to exactly confirm what Rane spoke to his bosses in Delhi on the phone, but the explanation was not enough for the High Command who has asked Rane to mend his ways and even apologize to the people.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party in Goa distanced itself from Mr Pratapsing Rane’s reference to Goans working in the UK.
According to a press release uploaded by GPCC chief Girish Chodankar on his Facebook timeline:
To speak disrespectfully about any profession or person is fundamentally against the philosophy and the idea of Congress and therefore the statement was unnecessary and incorrect. The Congress Party leaves it to Mr Rane’s wisdom either to withdraw his statement or explain it to the satisfaction of the Goan diaspora. He is wise & experienced enough to react appropriately his intentions.
Goa has a long history of migration. Goans have enriched every country to which they migrated. Many of them have and continue to hold high posts in Civil, Corporate, Government including Military and Education and Research establishments in many Countries. Some have adorned echolens of Democratic, Social, Medical and Banking and Scientific establishments. Some have become Senators and Legislators. They have enriched the Countries they work in. They have enriched our Country as well through valuable foreign exchange remittances. Today’s Goa is a gift of present and past Goans who have and continue to slog here and abroad. We do not belittle their sacrifices nor their sweat and blood.
We believe in dignity of labor and consider work as worship. No work is shameful or that can be humiliating. GPCC appeals Goans to work unitedly to fight the devil of unemployment and loss of livelihood let lose by the BJP led Government. Mining ban, Promotion of casinos, drugs, Formalin and a host of other vices are driving Goans towards frustration, GPCC President said in his statement.
Our lands are being sold to land sharks and real estate moguls. No scheme of employment generation is in the offing. This is leading to migration. Let’s fight this multiheaded hydra ruling us in the name of BJP and their allies.
The very reason for the existence of the Congress Party is to tirelessly struggle to bring equal dignity and opportunity to every human being.
Every Goan irrespective whether living in Goa or abroad has every Right & freedom either to support or oppose mining and congress party respects the same. I sincerely apologies for the hurt we caused to our dear Goans.