Party spokespersons say issues have been solved; Slam Congress for not appreciating governance since CM’s arrival
PANJIM: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Goa has claimed that many issues plaguing the State for more than two months have been resolved after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s intervention and resumption of work since his return from the US.
Party spokespersons Subhash Faldesai and Kiran Kandolkar said that matters pertaining to several departments have not only come to a logical conclusion with Parrikar’s intervention, but ministers have also found new confidence to carry out their work.
“Everything has fallen in place, which were not in proper order during the two months (when Parrikar was in Mumbai and subsequently in the US for medical treatment). The power issues (referring to frequent and long duration power cuts) have been solved. There is confidence among the ministers,” Faldesai said.
His comment comes in response to repeated allegations from Congress President Girish Chodankar that the CM was running the State from USA. Faldesai also slammed the opposition for ‘not appreciating the present governance after the CM’s arrival’.
The BJP also hailed speaker Pramod Sawant’s decision to not extend the sitting of the House from 12 to 18 days, as demanded by the Congress, claiming the days are sufficient to discuss various issues. “There should have been more days,” Faldesai said, but quickly added, “Nevertheless, if these 12 days are properly utilised without dharnas, protest or walk outs, adjournments by the Congress, every issue can be debated and even Bills passed after proper discussions.”
On the beef shortage in the State, Kandolkar said they are oblivious of the issue, however, suggested the traders talk to the proper authorities.
‘First warning’ issued to Francis, Michael: BJP
While the verbal duel between Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo – that gained wide media coverage – has been partially resolved, the BJP on Friday said the two MLAs have been issued a ‘first warning’ by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar not to indulge in such a quarrel again. “This is the first warning issued by CM to D’Souza and Lobo. If the public spat still continues, the party will take appropriate action,” party spokesperson Subhash Faldesai told reporters. The former Sanguem MLA also denied that the CM has ‘wasted time’ to resolve the differences between them stating, “The party leaders are capable of handling the issues. CM has just given the party guidance. He has not wasted his time on this issue.”