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Congress objects to proposed Cabinet at CM’s private residence

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Panaji: Congress today took strong objection the announcement that CM would be holding State cabinet meeting at his private residence on Wednesday.

The chief minister’s office on Saturday had stated that CM would be chairing State cabinet meeting on Wednesday, October 31 at the private residence, where he is currently recuperating.

State Congress Legislative Party Spokesman Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said that the chief minister’s residence cannot be his private place. “When we say CM’s residence, it has to be the official residence which he has been allotted by the State government,” he said.

The Congress leader said that holding Cabinet meeting at private residences is illegal.

“You can’t have cabinet meeting at private residence. It should be held at the official residence. Tomorrow you will have it in the toilet. You can’t have it in the toilet,” he commented.

The CMO had also said that Parrikar would be chairing another meeting on October 30. The Investment Promotion Board which is chaired by the CM is scheduled to hold its meeting at Parrikar’s private residence.

“There are some ethics to administration. You can’t have a meeting of IPB in a private residence. Just because somebody has interest you can’t have meetings in this way,” Lourenco said.

He also said that the upcoming meeting of IPB would be “illegal” as the minutes of previous meeting, held on October 17, were not confirmed by the board.

The then meeting (0ctober 17) was chaired by Parrikar via video conferencing.

“The minutes of previous meetings are not confirmed, they can’t be confirmed in subsequent meeting. It shows that there are malafide intentions. The scheduled meeting is illegal,” he said.

Congress party, this week, had protested at IPB office challenging the meeting held on October 17 in which different investment proposals were cleared.

Social activist Kashinath Shetye had also written letter to different authorities including State Chief Secretary questioning the meeting which was held when Parrikar was not in a good health.

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