The Congress in Goa on Monday thanked former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for his “boldness” in exposing his own party’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in connection with a complaint before the Lokayukta on illegalities in second renewal of 88 leases in the mining industry. Speaking to the press here, A. Chellakumar, AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa further said that an affidavit filed by Mr. Parsekar before the Goa Lokayukta, which is probing an illegal mining scam, also exposes the lies peddled by the BJP when it was in opposition and had blamed Congress leaders of committing a ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam.“Mr. Parrikar sitting in opposition had gone on a padayatra and undertook many agitations. He had told so many lies. He went to any extent to brand Congress as corrupt,” Mr. Chellakumar said and added that Mr. Parsekar’s affidavit now exposes those behind the mining scam.Mr. Parsekar had succeeded Mr. Parrikar as CM, after the latter joined the Union Cabinet as Defence Minister in 2014. Mr. Parsekar was defeated in the 2017 Assembly elections, and Mr. Parrikar again took charge as Chief Minister after resigning as Defence Minister. In his affidavit filed before the Goa Lokayukta, Mr. Parsekar, who is made one of the respondents in illegal mining scam case by NGO Goa Foundation, has claimed that “certain individuals”, who were involved in the process for granting the renewals were “left out” by the complainant. He further said that he was being targeted selectively at the behest of vested interests as he was no more holding any position of power .Responding to this affidavit, the petitioner Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation had declared on Saturday that Mr. Parrikar, who was also Chief Minister at the time the first six mining leases were granted for second renewals, will be made party to the case before the Lokayukta. He said that initially he had left out Mr. Parrikar as he was unwell. The Goa Foundation complaint before the Lokayukta has called it a ₹1.44 lakh crore second renewal scam.