Congress urges Goa Governor to dismiss BJP-led coalition in Goa, says “govt. is in ICU”

first_imgThe Congress on Wednesday appealed to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to dismiss the BJP-led coalition government in the State and also warned of a state-wide protest if its demand is not met. In a strongly-worded statement issued here on Wednesday, the Congress claimed that the State administration was in ICU due to the repeated hospitalisation of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, and also some of his Cabinet colleagues. “We once again appeal to the Governor to intervene into the matter…and dismiss this government. Today, there is Emergency-like situation in Goa,” Goa Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar said in a statement issued on Wednesday evening. The statement comes on the day when ailing Chief Minister Parrikar is scheduled to leave for the U.S. for treatment, for the third time in six months.The Chief Minister has been unwell since February this year and has been hospitalised on multiple occasions in hospitals in Goa, Mumbai and the U.K.. To run the administration in his absence from March to June, when he was undergoing treatment in New York, Mr. Parrikar had appointed a three-member ministerial committee to oversee routine government affairs.However, BJP sources on Wednesday claimed that the ailing Chief Minister is keen on keeping the decision-making powers to himself, during his visit to US. A core committee of Goa BJP, which had gone to meet the CM in Mumbai on Wednesday returned after he reportedly told them that he would soon return to Goa from the U.S. and ruled out any need to handover charge to anyone else as he would monitor the administration from the U.S..Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik, who is also a North Goa MP said that Mr. Parrikar was expected to return from the U.S. in a week’s time. “Manohar Parrikar’s obstinate insistence on sticking to his chair is jeopardizing not only his own health but it is also adversely impacting the administration and health of the State,” Mr. Chodankar said.“The BJP and ruling allies, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party had no right to hold the State and it’s people to ransom through emotional blackmail by cashing on people’s sentiment of goodwill towards a sick man. Mr. Parrikar and BJP should stop thinking that he is irreplaceable and come out of his self-induced hallucination that all his colleagues are incompetent and useless to adorn the chair of Chief Minister,” Mr. Chodankar said.last_img

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