Goa Congress moves EC over appointment of Dy CMs in Pramod Sawant govt

The Congress has challenged appointment of two deputy chief ministers in the BJP government in Goa alleging that it violates model code of conduct.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant formed government in the state earlier this week with two deputy chief ministers from BJP’s alliance partners.(PTI)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant formed government in the state earlier this week with two deputy chief ministers from BJP’s alliance partners.(PTI)
Published on Mar 23, 2019 01:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza

The Goa Congress has approached the Election Commission of India over appointment of two deputy chief ministers in the state. The Congress has alleged that Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has violated the model code of conduct.

“The issuance of this order during the period of the model code of conduct is a clear violation and as such this order should be immediately set aside and strict action should be taken by the officer,” the Congress said in its complaint sent on Friday.

The complaint alleges violation of article 6(d) of the code which states that “ministers and other authorities shall not make any ad hoc appointments in government, public undertakings etc which may have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power” while it is in force.

The BJP government through an order issued by an undersecretary of the General Administration Department had designated Sudin Dhavalikar and Vijai Sardesai, leaders of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Goa Forward Party respectively as ‘deputy chief ministers’ with immediate effect.

BJP’s Pramod Sawant was sworn in as chief minister in a late night development after protracted negotiations with the alliance partners, who agreed to come on board after it was assured that they would be made deputy chief ministers.

Formation of a new government was necessitated in Goa following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away on March 17 after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year.

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