Cong: Goa plunged into cri­sis of gov­er­nance

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Even while wish­ing a speedy re­cov­ery to Goa Chief Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar ail­ing for the past nine months, the Con­gress on Satur­day ac­cused the BJP lead­er­ship of plung­ing the state into a con­sti­tu­tional break­down and gov­er­nance cri­sis by not opt­ing for any al­ter­na­tive.

Goa Con­gress Pres­i­dent Girish Cho­dankar and AICC spokesman Pawan Khera told a Press con­fer­ence here that the peo­ple of Goa are crav­ing for gov­er­nance, ad­min­is­tra­tion and progress that have be­come a ca­su­alty be­cause of Par­rikar's ill­ness as they are suf­fer­ing a spate of cor­rup­tion for want of any proper gov­ern­ment.

In­stead of hold­ing a Cab­i­net meet­ing in the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Fri­day, they said Par­rikar should show moral right­eous­ness and vol­un­tar­ily step down from the post, they said, won­der­ing if he would even call the manda­tory Assem­bly ses­sion in the hos­pi­tal if he can­not go back to Goa.

Assert­ing that Goa de­serves a full­time CM, they said the BJP has not even ap­pointed a care­taker chief min­is­ter, nor act­ing CM, nor an in-charge, nor a deputy chief min­is­ter to run the gov­ern­ment till the re­cov­ery of Par­rikar as done by giv­ing the fi­nance port­fo­lio at the Cen­tre to Piyush Goyal when Arun Jait­ley un­der­went a ma­jor surgery. They ac­cused the BJP of be­ing cal­lous in not re­liev­ing Par­rikar from his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to let him re­cover fast.

Cho­dankar sus­pected that Par­rikar may be black­mail­ing the BJP to re­veal the se­crets of the Rafale fighter jet deal if he is re­moved. He said he has no doubts that Par­rikar may be privy to many files and doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the scam that he may ex­pose if he is shunted out.

How else the BJP ex­plain drop­ping of two Goa min­is­ters, Fran­cis D'Souza and Pan­durang Mad­kaikar, on ground of their fail­ing health, but not the chief min­is­ter, he asked.

He said the Con­gress had gone to the gov­er­nor, Mrs Mridula Sinha, five times and pressed that a floor test is im­per­a­tive to throw out the BJP that usurped power through back­door de­spite the Con­gress hav­ing the ma­jor­ity. He said the BJP has no con­sti­tu­tional right to con­tinue in power in Goa even for a day.

"A spe­cial one-day ses­sion of the Goa Assem­bly should be im­me­di­ately con­vened for a floor test to clear all doubts on who has the right­ful claim to head a demo­cratic gov­ern­ment," Cho­dankar said.

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