Congress demands President’s rule in Goa, cites CM Manohar Parrikar’s absence

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar left for the US for medical treatment last week, the second time within a month.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2018 23:44 IST
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Hindustan Times, Panaji
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File photo of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar at the Secretariat, in Porvorim on June 15.(PTI Photo)

The Congress on Monday demanded the President’s rule in Goa, saying the long absence of chief minister Manohar Parrikar and his two cabinet colleagues due to illness had led to a “constitutional crisis” in the state. The BJP rubbished the demand.

Parrikar returned to the US for medical treatment last week for the second time within a month.

Congress leader, Ramakant Khalap at a press conference claimed Parrikar’s absence has brought functioning of departments, which manage 80% of the state’s budget, to a standstill.

“Democracy requires a stable government led by the chief minister.If that is absent...we demand the governor must withdraw her pleasure…” Khalap said. He said the failure of the constitutional machinery leads to dismissal of a government and imposition of the President’s rule.

“Our government is stable and has a full majority. Besides the chief minister... all the other ministers are working very hard and filling in,” state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 23:44 IST