BJP playing with the people of Goa, not able to have a second-in-command after Parrikar: Congress
Panaji, Sep 15 (GCNews) Congress is keenly watching the political developments unfolding in Goa while Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital for treatment.
In a statement Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar also criticised Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for not handing over charge of the administration to any of the cabinet colleagues.
”The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee is keenly watching the political developments unfolding in Goa while Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is being rushed to AIIMS in the national capital for treatment. We would also like to remind the people of Goa, that their well-being is the last thing on the minds of the ruling political parties who are unleashing the ugly game of power and clamouring for their benefit. The greed for power of the BJP and its allies is exposed to the fact that they can’t even give charge to a trusted lieutenant in the absence of Chief Minister.”
”While we sympathise with the Chief Minister as far as his health is concerned, his act of snatching away the mandate given to the Congress in the 2017 assembly elections and his total mismanagement of all major issues in Goa, including mining, formalin, food adulteration, pollution, CRZ (Coastal Regulatory Zone), TCP (Town and Country Planning), Casino, unemployment etc had already driven Goa to the edge. No one in Goa is Happy, BJP is not happy, allies are not happy, people of Goa are unhappy, bureaucrats and Government officers are unhappy, even CM and ministers are unhappy. This happens when you don’t respect people’s mandate. BJP and its allies should take up responsibility of this mess created in Goa over last 16 months,” he said.
The Congress leader claimed that the confusion would hurt the prospects of the state in the future as there was no second in command in the ruling party.
”This current confusion of epic proportions, which we are witnessing is only going to hurt the prospects of the state further, especially when the Bharatiya Janata Party, does not even have a second-in-command to succeed Parrikar in his absence. The very fact that a second-in-command was never allowed to be groomed by the BJP, shows how selfish interests have sacrificed the interest of the party and the state of Goa,” he alleged.
Chodankar said his party would not hesitate to play constructive and effective opposition and would come forward to take responsibility of forming government in the state.
”The Congress has never hesitated to play the role of a constructive and effective opposition, but we will not hesitate to come forward and take responsibility to form a government. We have already cautioned Governor Mridula Sinha about a possible ploy by the BJP to fraudulently impose President’s Rule in Goa, through the backdoor.” he alleged and urged the Governor that the Congress be given an opportunity to form a government in Goa.