Panaji, Oct 12 (UNI) Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president and Congress nominee Franciso Sardinha, who will contest the October 30 Mormugao Parliamentary Constituency in south Goa, favours an amendment to the Cruelty to Animals Act providing for legalising buffalo fights in the state.
''If elected, my top priority is to seek amendment to the Central legislation legalising buffalo fights, which all like in Goa,'' Mr Sardinha told mediapersons at the Congress House after filing his nomination papers for the by-poll.
Currently, there was a ban on the animal fights in Goa, which had been treated as cruelty to animals by courts. The courts however cannot do anything if there is a legal amendment in favour of the fights.
Despite police vigil, Goa continues to witness such animal fights in one corner or the other, mostly in South Goa, involving huge betting.
Probably, to capitalise on the entertainment aspect of the people, Mr Sardinha said he would take the issue as his immediate priority, if voted to the Lok Sabha.
Asked whether he would envisage any fight with SGF chief and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, whose lawyer daughter Valanka was denied the party ticket and whose resignation caused the by-election, in the campaigning phase, the GPCC president said he was ready to face any situation as the entire Congress was behind him.
''As a coalition partner in the government, Mr Alemao cannot have any other option but to support my candidature in the elections,'' Mr Sardinha said, adding, pre-assembly poll partner NCP had already extended its support to him.
Whether the current Parliament would complete its full term or not, he said he would do the needful as the people's representative to benefit the state with developmental projects, including speeding up of the Dabolim airport in Goa to meet increasing traffic needs.