Mapusa: Congress on Thursday kicked off its taluka- wise agitation ‘Jan Akrosh’ from Pernem that is aimed at creating awareness among people on the need for restoring governance in the state and highlighting the current political state of affairs caused by BJP-led government.
Through the ‘Jan Akrosh’, the Congress is also pressing the demand for resignation of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The taluka-wise agitation commenced on Thursday from Pernem wherein All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and Goa desk in-charge A Chellakumar, state president Girish Chodankar, former chief minister and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, former Union minister Ramakant Khalap, former minister Sangita Parab, Babi Bagkar and other leaders were present.
The agitation will be held in all talukas and conclude in Margao on December 19. In Pernem, it was unanimously resolved that in the interest of people of Goa, the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should resign and if not then the government should be dissolved.
Addressing the gathering, Goa desk in-charge of Congress Chellakumar termed the state government as headless government and claimed that the government has become non-existent.
He said that “if Goans want to eliminate BJP, if they want to give a befitting reply to all false propaganda of Narendra Modi then stand with the Congress as Congress is the only alternative in the country and for the people of Goa.”
State president of the party Girish Chodankar said that “we will travel to all talukas and create awareness on corruption and the loot going on in the state. SEZ, which was cancelled by Congress government then, is now being taken forward by this government. The people of Goa are forced to suffer as there is no fish, no jobs, no sand and government is not bothered.”
Former chief minister Digambar Kamat said that it will be in the history of Goa that hundreds of people will go to Delhi to raise their voice. “If one visits the mining belt, we will see how everything has collapsed. This government has been only giving assurances that amendment will be done but nothing is happening,” he said.
Former Union minister Khalap said that “there is demand from the people that this government should be dissolved if it is not possible to change the chief minister.”
Former minister Sangita Parab said that “anger among the general public is growing as there no jobs, mining is halted, taxi operators have come out on streets, inflation is rising.” [NT]