Leader of opposition in the Goa assembly Manohar Parrikar (BJP) was replaced as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), hours after he questioned the speaker’s action of not tabling the panel’s report on illegal mining.
BJP legislator Vijay Pai-Khot will be the new PAC chief. Interestingly, the Canacona MLA has been in the news recently for his probable shifting to the Congress party.
The PAC, headed by Parrikar, had submitted a detailed report on Rs 4,000-crore illegal mining rackets, but Pratapsingh Rane, the speaker, refused to table it. The Congress MLAs on the PAC had questioned the report. Three Congress members – Agnelo Fernandes, Victoria Fernandes and Francis Silveira – refused to sign it.
Another PAC member, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator Dipak Dhavalikar, too, objected to the report. MGP is a coalition partner in the Congress-led state government.
Parrikar submitted the report to Speaker Rane during the session. Rane, however, withheld it, pointing out the objections by majority Congress members. The session ended on Friday.