Herald: Please discharge your constitutional duty, says Congress

Please discharge your constitutional duty, says Congress

31 Oct 2018 06:23am IST
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31 Oct 2018 06:23am IST

The party accused the Governor of being a mute spectator to the undemocratic acts of the state government

Team Herald 

PANJIM: Accusing Goa Governor Dr Mridula Sinha of being a “mute spectator” to the undemocratic acts of the State government, the Congress party has urged her not to act as a “protector of BJP led government” and rather should discharge her constitutional duty. 

Congress party has sought Governor’s intervention to the decision to hold Investment Promotion Board (IPB) and Cabinet meeting at the personal residence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at Dona Paula due to his illness. While IPB meeting was held on Tuesday evening, Cabinet is scheduled on Wednesday. 

Addressing media persons, Congress spokesperson Adv Yatish Naik slammed the government for holding cabinet and IPB meeting at the personal residence of chief minister calling it to be most unconstitutional, undemocratic act. “BJP is known for not abiding to the Constitution and this act is the height of unconstitutional and unprecedented. We strong condemn it,” he said. 

Naik said that Governor, who has repeatedly ignored Congress party’s appeal to dismiss this government, now on urgent basis needs to intervene and act. “Governor has completely failed to discharge her constitutional duty. She is becoming mute spectator to everything that is happening around. She is acting as protector of BJP led government and not the protector of the State or people,” he accused. 

“Governor is not a piece or a person to occupy an office …she has a constitutional power to act against failure of Government to administer or govern,” he added. Congress leader informed that Governor was a former vice president of BJP Mahila Morch at the national level but said that cannot be an excuse. 

Naik accused BJP for holding State to ransom for their lust. “State is held ransom just for lust of BJP. Since there is no leadership, we demand that BJP should vacate the seat. May be the party revolves around one person (Parrikar) but u cannot make administration suffer for one person,” he stated. 

Naik said that as mentioned by BJP President that Parrikar will resume office in November, then why is that he is not meeting Congress members or press? “If everything is ok, then why is CM kept in hiding. When u are spending tax payers money to treat him, government is duty bound to release health bulletin of Chief Minister to update those same tax payers,” he stated. 


Is it his signature? asks Congress

PANJIM: The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has raised serious questions on the recent signatures of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in official documents arguing it does not match up with his previous signatures. The party’s north district President Vijay Bhike has written to the Goa Police seeking action and urgent confiscation of government files to foil further attempts of forgery. “Taking note of the health condition of CM he is not in a position to clear files and work and as result of that we suspect that official files processed by the government do not appear to be signed by the CM. His signature is apparently being forged by someone, perhaps a relative of the CM or an official of the government as signatures on these files do not tally with his previous signatures,” the letter to Director General of Police Muktesh Chander states. “We therefore request you to immediately take into custody files of the government specially those relating to appointments and those affecting financial business of the State as it is believed that unscrupulous elements are not following the law and attempting to hoodwink the State and cheat the exchequer,” Bhike further said. The party has also urged the police to compare CM’s signatures with the old files and book a criminal case against any person involved in forgery and cheating.
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