The opposition Congress in Goa on Saturday urged State Governor Mridula Sinha to hoist national flag on Independence Day in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
In a letter written to the Governor, copies of which were shared with media here, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar said,”We are on the verge of celebrating another Independence Day. Hoisting the flag at the official state function is probably the highest civilian honor one can get, but due to the Chief Minister of Goa being ill and facing health issues, he is not in Goa. This may be termed as a little unfortunate, that a head of the state is not there at the time of the official state function of such a magnitude, ‘Independence Day’.”
“Nevertheless the basic issue is that the Speaker of Goa Assembly has been entrusted the honor of hoisting the flag at the official state function. This decision clearly reflects the partisan attitude of this Government, which otherwise goes by the practice attributed in this country or the State of Goa whereby either the Chief Minister or the Minister is given the charge of flag hoisting in the absence of the Chief Minister or any of the senior most Minister in the cabinet is given the honour of hosting the flag. Speaker is no where connected to the working of the Government, he is supposedly considered to be impartial having the independent institution called Legislative Assembly,” he said and alleged that in spite of presence of senior members in the government, the Chief Minister had chosen the Speaker to hoist the flag which was an ‘insult’ to the Constitution, its institutions and the ministers of the state.
“This is a total travesty of the practice followed in the country and this Government’s decision will be inked in the history for obliviously wrong reasons. We seek your Excellency’s indulgence on this issue to prevent of setting up a wrong precedence, therefore my humble request to your Excellency to hoist the flag in the eventuality to uphold the honour of practice of hoisting of the flag. You are kindly requested to act appropriately so that the values of the democratic institutions are upheld,” he said.