Congress in Goa claimed that state machinery in the state had collapsed due illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and demanded white paper on the financial status of the state.
Addressing a press conference at the party state headquarter in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Shantaram Naik said, “The state is in high debt and appeal to the government to issue a white paper on the financial status today. If white paper is issued, we can know if at all they can run the government. There are so many issues pending. How they are going the solve the present mining crisis because as it is if the government is fully in power even then I would admit that it is a complicated issue but when you are not there at all it is very very difficult to run the department.”
He also demanded that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar must come clean over the nature of his illness as the administration in the state had come to standstill.
“We have sympathies for Parrikar, but the chief minister should be transparent about his illness. He should be true to the people of Goa who have elected him. Mr Parrikar holds more than 20 portfolios, which includes critical ministries like Home department and Mining, Finance etc. With him in hospital, administration and decision-making in all these ministries have come to a standstill. Goa cannot afford this. The State is effectively headless for the last 15 days.”
The Congress leader alleged the Chief Minister had not delegated his responsibilities to any other ministers or deputed any minister to oversee functioning of the government which proved that he did not have trust in any of the ministers or coalition partners.
The chief minister is currently admitted to government-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC). He was admitted there on February 25.
Earlier, he was admitted to a in Mumbai on February 15 and was discharged from there on February 22.