Congress feels Goa government treats opposition without respect


Panaji: The Congress party in Goa on Thursday alleged that Manohar Parrikar-led  government has adopted ‘care-a-damn’ attitude towards the opposition parties despite the fact that it has lost the majority on the floor of the House.

Congress leaders including Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar and party spokesman Ramakant Khalap addressed a joint press conference in Panaji.

Chodankar recalled that all the 16 Congress legislators had given a notice of removal of the Speaker Pramod Sawant under relevant rule of the House.

“What is surprising is that Speaker himself has decided on the notice against him and has rejected it. We strongly condemn the illegal act,” he said.

The Speaker on Wednesday had disallowed the notice of his removal issued by Congress party claiming that such intimation has to be given either when House is in Session or the Assembly is summoned.

“State government has adopted care-a-damn attitude towards the opposition which is dangerous to the essence of democracy. The arrogance of BJP-led government can be seen since they are in power in the Centre,” he said.

Recalling the memorandums given to Governor Mridula Sinha, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that their demand to dismiss the government and invite single largest party to prove their majority by calling for one day session has gone in vain.

“Till date we have not received any reply from the office of Governor. It looks like Opposition party is taken for granted and State government is overconfident,” Kavlekar said.

He questioned government’s reluctance to call for a day long session to prove their strength on the floor of the House. “If they have the numbers let them prove it on the floor of the house. Let people also know,” he said.

Party’s Goa spokesman and former Union minister Ramakant Khalap said that as per the law even one MLA has a right to move for a no-confidence motion. “In case of Congress, 16 had issued the notice against the Speaker,” he said.


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