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GFP urges Speaker to convert upcoming 3-day assembly session to full session

Panaji: Former Deputy Chief Minister and Goa Forward Party (GFP) President Vijay Sardesai on Friday urged State Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar to convert the upcoming three-day session to a full session.

In a letter written to the Speaker, Mr Sadesai said,”I am writing this letter with great anguish because the nominal three-day session of the Legislative Assembly from 28th July to 30th July is a great injustice to the people of Goa and their elected representatives. We, the MLAs, who have been elected to serve the people by legislating and discussing and debating the views, hopes and aspirations and issues and problems of our constituents, are failing them miserably by participating in only token, nominal and mandatory legislative sessions.”

”The opposition in the present Assembly has repeatedly demanded a full session to be held as many important and critical issues facing Goans and our future generations have to be debated and discussed so that their future is salvaged and protected. All our requests and demands have come to naught so far and there appears to be a premeditated and scheming approach of the ruling benches to avoid bringing up these issues on the floor of the House,” he said.

Alleging that it was an obvious plot to bulldoze through all the anti-people actions of the government without allowing any proper debate, he pointed out that in view of the Covid situation and the municipal polls, the last session was adjourned till July 19, 2021.

”The state budget was to be passed during this session from 19th July onwards, which was to be of ten days duration with all the remaining business scheduled from 30th March to 16th April to be carried over. The next day, on 31st March 2021, the Calendar of Sitting for the 14th Session was issued by the Secretary, Legislature and it indicated that the earlier scheduled business of the House from 30th March to 16th April would now be scheduled from 19th July to 2nd August.

”The bulletin also specified that the session was not prorogued and that all notices issued including Private Member’s Bills, Resolutions and Calling Attention Motions would remain valid.

However, very suddenly and astonishingly, the Secretary, Legislature issued a bulletin on 12th May 2021 that the Governor of Goa had prorogued the 14th Session with effect from 12th May. This was done without holding any BAC meeting or even consulting any opposition MLA. It was an obvious betrayal of the people of Goa and the promise that the remaining business of the 14th Session would be completed has been totally reneged on,” he said.

The ploy to replace the ten days of important and critical business by a mere three days of tokenism was unacceptable and contravened the constitutional rights of the people of Goa, he said.

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