The Congress in Goa on Thursday asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state to come out with the medical papers and disclose the sickness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar within 24 hours. The party also demanded that Chief Minister step down from the post and alleged that Parrikar is refusing to give up CM position because a leader from BJPs Bahujan Samaj might become CM.
Addressing a press conference at the party state headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) spokesperson Vijay Bhike said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar before leaving for the US had reportedly informed that he was ‘going to US for consultation’ while BJP state unit had said that the Chief Minister had developed ‘minor complications’.
“It is well known to the public knowledge that the Chief Minister has severe medical complications due to which the Chief Minister had to cut short the budget session, had to take temporary approval for budget which was unprecedented. The Chief Minister had to appoint a Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) which is not known to our parliamentary democracy. The Chief Minister had to abstain from having cabinet meetings or take decisions without cabinet meetings. The Chief Minister and none of the cabinet ministers were available even for flag hoisting on the Independence Day causing a complete breakdown of the constitutional machinery,” he alleged.
“The Chief Minister has again left for the US and yet not disclosed his illness. There is no medical statement from the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital where the Chief Minister has been taking treatment for months together on state expenses. There is also no medical statement from the Lilavati Hospital or from the doctors treating the Chief Minister about exact nature of illness,” he claimed.
The Congress leader also claimed that the reason why the Chief Minister was not substituted was that there was a fear that a Bahujan Samaj leader might become a Chief Minister.
The Congress party had the capability of forming government and providing a good leadership but the party did not believe to have its way forcefully, he said, adding Governor Mridula Sinha had to rise to the situation as none could deny that there was a constitutional breakdown of the machinery, as the state was virtually without a chief minister.