CLP to move privilege motion on CM over wrong PAC report

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Panaji: Congress party in Goa will move Privilege Motion against Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for misleading the House through his Public Accounts Committee report on illegal mining, drafted during his tenure as Leader of Opposition.

Addressing mediapersons in Goa, All India Congress Committee Secretary A Chellakumar said that the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will meet in next couple of days to decide on moving Privilege Motion against Parrikar for misleading the House through PAC report, chaired by him in the year 2011.

The report had pointed out to the illegalities in the mining industry of the State, after which the Supreme Court had appointed M B Shah Commission to probe the illegal mining case.

Congress’ decision to file Privilege Motion comes in the wake of statement by BJP MLA and State Power Minister Nilesh Cabral who had claimed that PAC report by Parrikar was a “political stunt.” Cabral had made the statement during a debate on local cable television channel.

Chellakumar said that it is crystal clear that to gain the power in 2012 Assembly election, Parrikar used PAC report to mislead the people of Goa and also the State Legislative Assembly.

The Congress leader said that the confession by BJP leader Cabral is enough to nail the Chief Minister. 

Chellakumar pointed out that Congress has been rubbishing the PAC report findings from the day one.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar told reporters that confession by Cabral indicates that BJP had manipulated everything to gain power in the year 2012 Assembly Election. “They used mining issue to target Congress leaders and get in the power,” he said.

The PAC report, which had named various politicians including former CM Digambar Kamat for mining illegalities, was considered as a base for MB Shah commission findings.

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