2014-04-04 19:47:30 UTC
I am just writing after the response from your letter on Goanet>
The news open up by you , is really sad to hear. One way I am convinced
what you say, but it is really too late and nothing can be done as his body
is finished. What about his wife Alina, she does not have her say in this?
Why she is MUM? I do not know anything internal stories of their family as
I have no connections. Earlier when he was young and teacher at Don Bosco I
used to be with him almost every alternate day and going for a simple tea
in one restaurant , as we had no much money. That was after 1970's. It was
at the side of Shalimar Hotel, Panjim that is between Sousa Paul and
Shalimar Hotel , there was a restaurant which we used to frequent often and
talk about politics. I was completely zero in politics.
I had many times taken him to our NIO where I was working and he
participated in seminars etc. He had one more of his friend and my
colleague called Agnelo Fernandes, a clerk from NIO who was very friendly
with him. So the discussion was mostly on Ramponkars, and later DuPond etc.
After that I lost touch of him, once he became a political giant. I have no
contact with his wife (Alina) at all as he never showed or introduced me to
Only I remember one thing that when he called me up and said that he is
going to join BJP. I was in Pune at that time, but I advised him why are
you joining BJP? and he said that Congress are rogues and after joining
BJP he said that he will put the house of Goans in order. Before that I met
Matanhy at the funeral of Dr. Wilfred Mesquita's father at their residence
at Chicalim. After that I had no contacts of him. I left that job to him
entering into BJP and also I left him completely. I come to know from you
now, that there was some fishy thing, of his untimely death. If that is
true , I must tell you that this needs to be investigated or are you
putting his family with more embarrassing questions? This is becoming a
serious problem. Is it just because of MOPA that his death's reason is
surfacing? This should have been done much earlier that is just after his
death or on the day of death. And conducted the post mortem as you say. Who
will listen to your stories now? Although it may be true but you may fall
into problem, if it is goes wrong.
Please make sure what you talking, Sir. Ask Dr.Oscar who was there at the
time of death I believe. It seems Matanhy was admitted in that Hospital
before his death. I have no idea what was going on those days.
Old Best Friend of Matanhy Saldanha
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:37:01 +0530
From: "floriano lobo" <floriano.lobo at gmail.com>
Subject: [Goanet] GSRP alleges that Matanhy Saldanha was eliminated to
bring in MOPA - Press Statement
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GSRP alleges that Matanhy Saldanha was eliminated to bring in MOPA - Press
Speaking at a press conference held at Margao on 3 April, 2014 in the
presence of Dr. N.S. Dumo, President and Savio Rodrigues, Secretary &
President [Youth Affairs], the Candidate for LS Elections from South Goa,
the Goa Su-Raj Party's General Secretary and founding President Floriano
Lobo has gone on record to say that the BJP could revive the previously
shelved MOPA airport project only by eliminating Matanhy Saldanha from the
scene as a Minister in the Manohar Parrikar cabinet who was acutely against
Explaining that he was a long-time colleague activist of Matanhy Saldanha
on issues like MOPA, SEZ, CRZ, Special Status, etc, Floriano Lobo
recounted many a public platforms he shared with Matanhy Saldanha against
MOPA airport and stressed that Matanhy was against both, the illegal
occupation of the Goa's Civilian airport, Dabolim by the Indian Navy, and
the new greenfield MOPA airport project. He said that Matanhy was a proud
GOAN, rooted for GOA, who only succumbed to the pressures of joining the
BJP because he hated the CONGRESS through his entire being, thus depriving
himself the tag of being one of the regional icons of Goa in the fag end of
his political carrier.
Floriano Lobo further said that Matanhy's resolve as Environment and Forest
Minister in the BJP cabinet not to allow any mining activity in
forest/wild-life sanctuaries as told by him to the HINDU, barely 3 days
before he died, and his resolve that the Navy should move to Sea Bird,
Karwar, and MOPA be scrapped was the last straw that broke his back and
earned him his death sentence. "In the scheme of things, Floriano said, "
crores of rupees of funding from the mining and Mopa lobies that made the
BJP victorious in the 2012 Assembly elections, Matanhy Saldanha's love for
Goa was too insignificant and he could be dispensed with for a greater
cause of the BJP in Goa.
Floriano Lobo also said that Manohar Parrikar had the gall to tell the
Legislative Assembly that Matanhy Saldanha had realised the importance of
MOPA, before he died. "This is a blatant lie", he said, "as Matanhy was not
foolish enough to be convinced that MOPA would be a good thing for Goa
after having been against it since its inception". "Would Matanhy Saldanha
risk the ire of Goans, especially the South Goans, being sweet on MOPA?"
he asked. "Matanhy was a man of his word" he said, "not a man who would
make U-TURNS at every opportunity" he said.
"The body of Yesser Arafat of Palestine", Floriano said " was exhumed after
eight years and tests done on the remains to inform the world that he was
'PLUTONIUM' poisoned". "Why was no post-mortem conducted on Matanhy
Saldanha, especially when it is reported that he had soiled himself badly
before he died?" he asked. " I have had two cardiac arrests, and if at all
I am alive today, it is becuase my family members were around to revive
me. There was no messing up of any kind" he said.
When asked as to why he was bringing up this issue after two years of
Matanhy's passing away, his answer was : " I have always maintained in my
writings since Matanhy's mysterious death that there should have been a
post-mortem. "As a matter of fact, I have spoken to the press on 21 March
2014 when GSRP released its Lok Sabha Election Manifesto at the Nossa Sra.
de Piedade Hall, Panjim" he said. "It is still not too late for the
post-mortem to be conducted", he said. "GSRP will want to see the test
report on the remains of Matanhy Saldanha to believe that he died of
cardiac arrest/stroke or a natural death and not from poisoning" he
for Goa Su-Raj Party
PPS: PEOPLE FOR POLITICAL SANITY
PS: If the people refuse to become politically 'SANE', politics will
remain dirty + more.
ONLY DABOLIM - NAVY GET OUT
WITH MOPA - SPECIAL STATUS FOR GOA IS ONLY A SHOUT
VIVA GOA - VIVA GOEMKARS