Goa opposition threatens to boycott the assembly session

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Porvorim: The opposition parties in Goa on Monday warned to boycott the upcoming legislative assembly session, if Speaker does not follow the convention of allowing one question from ruling and another from opposition each.

The meeting of the opposition parties including Congress, Aam Admi Party, Goa Forward Party and Revolutionary Goans Party legislators was held on Monday at Porvorim.

Briefing about the meeting, Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao said that the legislature department has decided to break the old convention of allowing one question from ruling and another from opposition during the Question Hour on the floor of the House.

“What we can see is that the legislature department has allowed mixed questions. This means there will not be proper opportunity for the opposition to discuss their questions on the floor,” Alemao said.

He said that Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar should immediately reinstate the old way of allowing the questions or else “opposition parties have unanimously decided to boycott the session.”

All the opposition MLAs were present with Alemao when he addressed the press conference.

Goa Forward party chief Vijai Sardesai said that the ruling members have outnumbered the opposition in the Assembly. He pointed out that excluding Speaker and all the cabinet ministers, there are 20 MLAs from BJP and its alliance partners, who can table the questions.

“In such circumstances, the probability of getting our questions to be discussed in the House is very less,” he said, supporting the decision to boycott the session.

The six-day-long session of Goa assembly is summoned from February 2 onwards.

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