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Goa MLAs to ‘Study’ World Cup in Brazil, Congress cries foul

As the soccer World Cup fever sets in, there is controversy in Goa over a government junket for six MLAs, including the sports minister, to visit Brazil, where the tournament is being held.

The Goa Congress has alleged that BJP government in the state is misusing public funds to sanction the trip and wants it scrapped. The trip, alleged the Congress’ Durgadas Kamat, is in direct contravention of Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s directive that funds must not be misused.

But sources in the Goa government argued that the trip is justified. They called it a “study tour” for politicians of a state that regularly holds sporting events and said chief minister Manohar Parrikar had no objection to it. The sources also pointed out that no bureaucrats were being sent. Only politicians who “bring the vision.”

Sources said none of the people in the Goa delegation are soccer experts or even members of the sports authority of the state.

Apart from Goa sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar, two other ministers and three MLAs have been given the go-ahead for the Brazil trip, to watch matches to be held at the end of this month.

Soccer is a popular sport in the tiny southern state, which has given India some of its leading national soccer stars. A newspaper report said that Goa’s two Arjuna award winning footballers, Brahmanand Shankhwalkar and Bruno Coutinho, had both expressed a desire to visit Brazil for the tournament. But they have not been included in the Goan delegation.

The final of the tournament will be played in Rio on July 13. India is ranked a poor 154 in world soccer, but lakhs of fans eagerly await the World Cup, held every four years. The first match will be played tonight between Brazil and Croatia.

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