Panaji: The opposition Congress on Wednesday protested the notification for the upcoming budget session of the state assembly which is scheduled to start from March 24, 2021, saying the dates clashed with the holy week observed by the Catholic community in the state.
In a statement, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said,”It is extremely shocking to note that the BJP Government has scheduled 12 days of Goa Legislative Assembly Session coinciding with Holy Week of Christian community commencing on Sunday 28th March to Sunday 4th April with one of the working day on Monday to Thursday. Goa is known for communal harmony and respecting all religions. BJP must learn to respect all religions.”
”The notification issued by the Goa Legislature Secretariat states that Assembly Session will commence on Wednesday 24th March 2021 and conclude on Monday 12th April 2021. Effectively only 12 days of legislature business will take place during the session. There are eight holidays in between the schedule of the session. The BJP Government has once again shown its insensitivity towards the People of Goa. It is the duty of every government to work towards maintaining communal harmony and sentiments of every religion,” he said.
Pointing out that Congress Party had consistently demanded a full fledged session of 21 days, he said he would take up the issue during the Business Advisory Committee meeting and force the government to give maximum time to the opposition to raise various issues.