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Congress to protest delay in filing FIR against CM, ex-CM

Panjim: Congress will hold a protest march ‘zagor against corruption’ in Panjim on Wednesday to pressurise Governor Mridula Sinha to direct the State machinery to file a First Information Report against Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his predecessor Laxmikant Parsekar for illegal renewal of mining leases.

The Congress Legislative Party, led by Chandrakant Kavalekar, has also decided to urge the Governor to call for a special week-long Assembly session to discuss issues plaguing the State like unemployment, mining, corruption and non-governance.

Addressing media persons at Dona Paula after the CLP meeting, Kavalekar said they would hold the protest in Panjim to expose the government’s failures and misdeeds. The party will address a public meeting at Azad Maidan at 4 pm.

“We will be submitting a memorandum to the Governor asking her to direct State officials to file a FIR against Parrikar and Parsekar in the illegal renewal of mining case,” he said.

Congress had filed a formal complaint with Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and Director General of Police Muktesh Chander against Parrikar and Parsekar last week for their involvement in illegal renewal of the mining leases during their tenure.

GPCC Chief Girish Chodankar said that that Sharma and Chandar were given formal complaints against Parrikar and Parsekar. “Both the officers have failed to take action in the matter due to which we are forced to meet the Governor,” he said.

Kavalekar said the government has failed to work out a solution to resume iron ore extraction and transportation activities shut down since March, 2018. “On the unemployment front, government has failed to create jobs in the State and private sector,” he said.

Referring to the issue of formalin in fish, Kavalekar said that despite the opposition raising the issue on the floor of the House and demanding action, the government has failed to handle the issue in people’s interest. “The action so far in this matter is mere eyewash,” he said.

Kavalekar said that the State has been embroiled with the narcotics menace while the financial health of the State has collapsed.

Chodankar also said that during the public meeting, Congress will expose corruption in the beach cleaning contract, SEZ, formalin, GTDC properties, Serula Comunidade scam, smart city, Investment Promotion Board, Ketamine and others. [H]

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