Goa Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte claims that the state administration had come to a standstill in the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
NEW DELHI — The Opposition party Congress has demanded on Saturday that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha summon a special session of the legislative assembly and ask the BJP-led coalition government to prove its majority, reports PTI.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned the effectiveness of state government in absence of Parrikar, who is currently recuperating at his residence in Goa after undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi.
The state government is in disarray in the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar from office, and that it “is a classic case of fraud being played on the people of Goa by the Governor and the BJP at the Centre,” says the opposition party.
Congress plans to raise this issue during the upcoming winter session of Parliament and also before President Ram Nath Kovind, Randeep Singh Surjewala said, according to report.
The Congress had submitted representations to the President and the Goa Governor, claiming that the party had the requisite number of MLAs to prove majority in the 40-member House.
“We will put pressure on the central leadership of the BJP in winter session and also before the President for our demand to summon a special session to prove majority,” he said.
Accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa of holding the Constitution “captive”, Surjewala said the formation of the Cabinet Advisory Committee by the BJP in absence of Parrikar is a “blatant fraud on the Constitution”.
Surjewala said the coalition government should prove its majority and lay down a roadmap for governance and administration.
Surjewala alleged, “Constitution is being held captive because of the BJP’s lust for power. Formation of a Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) by the BJP is a blatant fraud on the Constitution itself.
“It negates the constitutionally conferred powers of the state cabinet under Articles 163, 164, 166.”
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had said that Parrikar was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Surjewala alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were responsible for the “political and administration mess” in Goa by allowing an ailing Parrikar to continue in chair.
“Paralysed governance, crippled administration and collapse of authority has become symbolical of the chaos prevailing in the BJP government in Goa,” he claimed.
Wishing Parrikar speedy recovery, Surjewala recalled that party president Rahul Gandhi had inquired about the chief minister’s health last month.
The Congress had earlier questioned non-issuance of medical bulletins on health of Parrikar.
“If the CM is fine, as per the press statements, then why is he refusing to meet even the Leader of Opposition and MLAs and interact with them?” Surjewala asked.
Goa minister says state administration had come to a standstill
Meanwhile, Goa Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte on Saturday joined the chorus of the Opposition and other cabinet colleagues, claiming that the state administration had come to a standstill in the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, reports IANS.
He also alleged that a lobby of bureaucrats and individuals were surreptitiously carving up government benefits in the absence of Parrikar.
Khaunte said that the biggest hurdle in administration was the finance ministry, which is headed by Parrikar, where he said no government file has been moving for several months.
“I am very concerned when it comes to IT (Information Technology ministry), Revenue (ministry). A lot of people in the bureaucracy or in the governance side, who are not seen by the people, are taking certain things for their own benefit, their own interest or for what interest I do not know, but (it is) not in the interest of Goans,” Khaunte told reporters on Saturday.
(With inputs from agencies)