Chief Minister Digambar Kamat clarified that neither his government nor the party played any role in the drama surrounding the stay of MLAs from Karnataka in Goa.
“The MLAs asked for protection and it is the government’s duty to provide it to any elected member from any part of the country when it is asked,” he said justifying the strong police force at Taj Exotica during those days.
Replying to a question, he said he had not received any instructions from anybody to provide the police force or for that matter to do anything about the MLAs and also pointed out that he was out of station when the drama commenced.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik said the Congress would not interfere in the internal matters of the BJP and asserted that Sonia Gandhi would restrict the role of the party to only that provided in the Constitution of the country.
He dismissed Goa’s Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar’s charge that the Congress was orchestrating the destabilization of Yeddyurappa’s government in Bangalore and pointed out that even the last time when the Karnataka chief minister faced a crisis, the Congress Party preferred to wait and watch.