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After Assembly fumble, Congress commits fiasco again on TCP Amendment Bill

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Panaji: After an immature performance in the State Assembly while raising its opposition to TCP (amendment) Bill 2018, Congress now writes to Goa Governor Dr Mridula Sinha not to grant assent to the bill, which has introduced new planning tools. 

What is more interesting is that, the memorandum by Congress President Girish Chodankar to Governor is written a day after, she granted assent to the Bill. 

“Governor on Wednesday granted her assent to the TCP (amendment) Bill 2018,” highly placed sources confirm. 

The TCP (amendment) Bill, has proposed to introduce three majorplanning tools- Accommodation Reservation, TDR and TDR for posterity, is mainly focused towards promoting government projects of public interest. Bill also speaks about introducing zonal changes on case to case basis. 

If one remembers, Congress had made joke of itself in the State Assembly after it failed to bring in any amendment to the Bill, which was later passed by the State Assembly after division of votes. 

As soon as the Bill was taken up for consideration, Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavalekar had raised a demand that the Bill be referred to the Select Committee. However, the Opposition Congress had already fumbled as they had not moved any amendments to the Bill.

Reacting to today’s development, Political observers question as why Congress made belated and half hearted attempt? “As usual they are not at all serious on the matter,” observes said. 

He said that the silence of Congress MLAs in the House during the passing of the Bill was testimony of non-serious stand o the party on the issue. 


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