Panjim: The Congress party has come down heavily on the Goa government over its rampant corruption in various sectors and failure towards public welfare. Pointing at scams in beach cleaning, leasing of GTDC residencies, SEZ, ODP, casinos, etc; the party leaders took on the government for shielding its office bearer in a drug-related case.
“A huge 100kg Ketamine (drugs) was seized by the Revenue Intelligence team from a factory at Pissurlem IDC. The factory belonged to a senior office bearer of the BJP but no action is taken against him till date. He is moving freely. This is corruption in the BJP-led government and such robbers (pointing at BJP legislators) should be thrown out (voted out in the next election),” former Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane told a huge rally at Azad Maidan.
The party held a protest march in the city against the failure of Manohar Parrikar-led government and demanding to give a clean administration in the State. Hundreds of Congress workers walked on the busy D B Bandodkar road shouting slogans against the government and later gathered at Azad Maidan where the leaders addressed a public meeting.
Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar echoed the views of his senior leader demanding to know why the BJP worker is scot-free. “There is no FIR against him and no arrest. Who is being paid and where is the source of money,” he questioned.
The factory Vijay Industries that was raided belongs to Vasudev Parab, the general secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party in North Goa. He, along with 10 others, was interrogated about the illegality being committed wherein Parab denied knowing anything about the drugs found in the raid.
The party leaders also sought to know that when the State is running into financial crisis what was the need for a third Mandovi Bridge. Former CMs Digambar Kamat and Ravi Naik questioned on why Goa government insisted to fund the new Bridge when the Centre was willing to. “There is some blunder,” Naik commented.
Kavlekar also spoke on the leasing of GTDC residencies alleging that the ruling parties have made it free for all with government properties belonging to GTDC being sold to the private parties for a throwaway price. [H]