Herald: State is in a self-imposed emergency: CLP
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State is in a self-imposed emergency: CLP

31 Aug 2018 05:39am IST

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31 Aug 2018 05:39am IST

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Congress to discuss headless government today; Will seek Governor’s intervention to appoint full-time Chief Minister

PANJIM: The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will meet on Friday to discuss the current ‘headless government’ in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in USA for a week-long medical consultation.

The party will seek Goa Governor Dr Mridula Sinha’s intervention to appoint a fulltime Chief Minister for the State, thereby relieving Parrikar from the post, on health grounds.

Speaking to Herald, CLP leader Chandrakant Kavalekar said the State is in a self-imposed emergency with no one to oversee the affairs of the government and the common people are left to suffer. “It is a serious issue and as a responsible opposition, it is our duty to ensure that the administration is not affected. We sympathise with the Chief Minister’s health and pray for his speedy recovery. But how long are we going to allow the State to run ‘headless’,” he said.

Kavalekar said that CLP will meet and discuss the situation and will also decide the future course of action. 

The Leader of the Opposition said that the State administration has already been affected since February, when the Chief Minister had fallen ill. “No files are cleared and all developmental works in the constituencies are pending,” he pointed out.

Congress has already threatened to call for state-wide agitation, if the Governor fails to appoint a full-time Chief Minister or dissolve the present BJP-led coalition government and invite Congress to prove its majority.

“We once again appeal to the Governor to intervene in the present situation and to have a full-time Chief Minister,” GPCC president Girish Chodankar said.

He said that the State administration is in the ICU in view of absence of Chief Minister and two of his senior Ministers – Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar, being ailing. “This government has no moral right to be in power,” he stated.




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