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Cong claims Constitutional crisis as Assembly sessions curtailed

Panjim: Congress party on Sunday alleged that the BJP-led government in the State has been holding curtailed Assembly sessions to hide the differences within the alliance partners and to avoid the situation of being ousted from power.

Addressing media persons, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) spokes-person Adv Rohit Bras D Sa said that the summoning of seventh session of the Legislative Assembly for only three days has given rise to constitutional crisis.

“The State government is taking undue advantage of the constitutional requirements under Article 174 of having two sittings in a year. At the same time taking disadvantage of the lacuna that Constitution does not specify the minimum number of days for a session,” he said.

D Sa said that the main political reason for holding short session of the Assembly is that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is incapable of answering questions on the floor of the House and there is every possibility that he may not attend the session as he is not in position to speak due to his illness.

“Under such situation, it would be difficult for the BJP to handle the alliance partners in the Assembly in absence of Parrikar, as there is lot of conflict of interest. There are also serious differences in BJP and allies on the issue of new Chief Minister and on the by-elections,” he added.

“If Parrikar was there, he knows the art of controlling everyone. But in his absence, there is possibility of government falling. To avoid such situation, the sessions are curtailed,” Congress leader charged.

The winter session of the State Assembly is scheduled between January 29 and 31. Last year, the total number of sitting of the House was only 16 days owing to Chief Minister’s health, who is suffering from pancreatic ailment.
D Sa charged that Parrikar is only interested in the survival of the government and has nothing to do with the interest of the people.

“Parrikar has breached constitutional trust vested in the office of the Chief Minister, making mockery of the temple of democracy by avoiding to bring in legislation or debate issues like formalin, mining, casino, CRZ rules 2018, which are concerning Goa and Goans”, he added. [H]

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