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Who floated the idea of New Raj Bhavan: Goa Congress President urges Governor to disclose

Panjim: Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar on Sunday said that Governor Satya Pal Malik must instruct Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to inform the people of Goa who first floated the idea of constructing a new Raj Bhavan.

In a statement, he said as it was clear from the statement issued by the Raj Bhavan that Governor was not party to the proposal of new Raj Bhavan, it should be disclosed whether directions came from Prime Minister’s Office or Home Minister Amit Shah or was it some Casino Tycoon himself who submitted a proposal to the Chief Minister.

He said it may be noted that the issue of converting Raj Bhawan into Casino Bhavan was raised by Congress on Friday, a day before Raj Bhavan issued statement on the matter.

The Governor must instruct Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to inform the people of Goa who first floated the idea of constructing a new Raj Bhavan and whether any file notes were moved pertaining to the said decision before CM making the public announcement about the same, he demanded.

The Congress leader also charged that the insensitive BJP Government had asked PWD to make design of bungalow for Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant alias Babu Kavlekar with a budget estimate of multiple crores.

The Governor must call all the files pertaining to various projects pertaining to such wasteful Capital expenditure and red flag them immediately, Chodankar said.

The Chief Minister should make it clear whether the proposal of new Raj Bhavan was approved by the Economic Revival Committee constituted by the CM himself after the outbreak of Corona Pandemic and whether State’s priority was to revive economy and to get the State out of financial emergency or spend money on such non priority projects, Chodankar demanded.

Savio Rodrigues

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