Goa governor is acting as BJP agent, Parrikar govt won’t last more than a month, says Congress

Alleging that the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha is not fulfilling her duties, GPCC Chief Girish Chodankar said BJP and the governor have created an unprecedented constitutional crisis in Goa

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Goa governor, Mridula Sinha is working as a Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) agent, undermining democratic institutions, blamed Goa Congress Pradesh Committee (GPCC) Chief Girish Chodankar.

Chodankar alleged Sinha was not fulfilling her constitutional duties and working at the behest of the PMO and the BJP president Amit Shah. BJP and the governor have created “unprecedented constitutional crisis” in Goa, said Chodankar.

Accusing the Prime Minister Office (PMO), BJP Chief Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for “missing power” and not respecting “people’s mandate”, Chodankar said BJP captured power through the back door in Goa, but they failed.

“The state is facing unprecedented constitutional crisis as there is no government in place. Developmental projects have been stalled; law and order situation is deteriorating day by day. Corruption is rampant and the Chief Minister is lying on the bed while the governor is acting as an agent of the BJP. There is a complete breakdown in the state” said Chodankar in an exclusive chat with the NH.

Expressing his wishes for the speedy recovery of the ailing Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, Chodankar however said as a responsible opposition party we tried to resolve the crisis by demanding a special session of the assembly but the governor did not pay any heed to our demand.

“Asking for a special session of the assembly, we have met at least five times with the governor during last nine month, but she did not act on our demand. Instead, she tried to stall the session by citing ambiguous provisions,” said Chodankar.

“A special session of the Goa Assembly should be immediately convened and there should be a floor test. This will clear all doubts about who is in-charge in Goa and who has the rightful claim to head a democratic government,” he added.

In the last nine months, ever since BJP took to the office, only two cabinet meetings have been convened, claimed Chodankar. When asked why the BJP government is not calling the session and will Congress prove the majority in the house, Chodankar told NH that the BJP is fears losing the power in Goa.

“Whenever the session would be called, we will bring a no-confidence motion which the Parrikar government will fail invariably,” added Chodankar, saying many BJP leaders have already contacted the main opposition party in order to form a new government.

“Frustrated with the lack of governance, dictatorship of Modi and Amit Shah, many BJP leaders have approached us. There is already a rebellion within the file and rank of the BJP. In the time of no-confidence motion, they will vote against their own party. BJP government will not last more than one month,” pointed out Chodankar.

He also said if BJP government does not call the session, the Congress party will look for other options such as petitioning before the president, and in the Supreme Court.

As per Chodankar, Congress will easily prove the majority in the house.“We have 17 MLAs and will get support from the Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) and the three independent MLAs as we,” claimed Chodankar.

In the 40-member Goa state assembly, the Parrikar government has the support of 23 MLAs which comprise 14 BJP MLAs, three each from the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and MGP as well as three Independents.

The opposition Congress is the single largest party in the Goa assembly with 17 MLAs.

With inputs from Vishwadeepak

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Published: 15 Oct 2018, 6:14 PM
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