PANAJI: A day after BJP swept the ZP polls in the state, the chief minister Pramod Sawant-led government is likely to propose calling a four-day assembly session from January 25.
The Opposition has been demanding with the governor to summon a full-flagged assembly session to discuss various issues for some time now.
Sources said that after winning the ZP polls, the government is now comfortable in defending the controversial decisions on which people had taken to the streets in the last couple of months.
The BJP under Sawant’s leadership swept the ZP election amid state-wide agitation against coal handling, railway double tracking railway, widening of the national highway and the Tamnar power project.
The Opposition will try to corner the government by raising various issues in the winter session, including economic slowdown, unemployment, environmental issues, collapse of law and order, failure of the government in handling the pandemic and providing proper healthcare services, among other issues.
Last month, leader of the opposition Digambar Kamat wrote to Goa governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and urged him to convene a full-fledged assembly session in either November or December. He also reiterated the demand last week saying that the government decided on holding the ZP polls but had not agreed to hold the assembly session under the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his letter, Kamat had said that considerable time has passed since a proper assembly session was held and issues pertaining to the state were discussed.
“It is the right of every elected representative, especially from the opposition, to raise issues concerning the common man,” Kamat had stated.
MGP MLA Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar had requested the governor to call a five-day assembly session to discuss important issues, including the 2020-21 state budget.
The BJP-led state government curtailed the monsoon assembly session, which was originally scheduled as a 12-day session, to a single day because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Opposition were upset over the government for curtailing the assembly session and hurriedly passing the full budget without discussion.