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Cong MLAs ready to back govt on war on drugs

12 Oct 2017 05:36am IST
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12 Oct 2017 05:36am IST

Only 8 MLAs attend CLP meeting; Complain that govt is not taking up development works in opposition constituencies

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PANJIM: Slamming the BJP-led government over its failure to crackdown on the drug mafia in the State, the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) on Wednesday said that government machinery needs to have a proactive approach to eliminate the problem. 

The CLP that met Wednesday evening resolved to provide all support to the government in its action against the drug trade. 

Interestingly only eight out of 16 MLAs attended the meeting. Most of the MLAs are out station, while Wilfred D’Sa did not attend the meeting as he was busy preparing for his 50th birthday to be celebrated on Thursday. MLA Luizinho Faleiro did not proffer any reason for being absent from the meeting.  

Addressing the media persons after the meeting, Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that the members discussed on the growing drug menace and failure of police authorities to curb the illegal trade. “Government and police have not been able to control the drug trade, which is mushrooming. We feel it is time that the government sets a proactive approach to eliminate this problem,” he said.

“Our youth are getting addicted to drugs and it is very serious. Government needs to act before it destroys our young generation,” Kavlekar said. 

The CLP leader confirmed that his MLAs have received a letter from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar restraining them from making statements against police and to provide leads if any, on police-drug peddler nexus. “CLP has decided to provide full support to the government to curb this menace. We all need to be united in this matter,” he said. 

CLP also discussed the government failure to take up development works in their constituencies. They alleged that government has neglected the constituencies represented by the opposition. 

Kavlekar said that MLAs complained that no works have been taken up in their constituencies, despite works with estimates being submitted to the concerned departments. 

Pratapsingh Rane, Digambar Kamat, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Isidore Fernandes, Tony Fernandes, Francis Silveira and Subhash Shirodkar attended the meeting. 

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