Goa Cong meets Guv, asks him to admit breakdown of governance
The Congress in Goa on Monday knocked the doors of Raj Bhavan, demanding that the Governor take note of the “absence of administration” and “breakdown in governance” in the coastal State in absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undertaking treatment in the US for nearly a month.
Speaking to press persons after meeting Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday, State Congress president Shantaram Naik told reporters that a formal request had also been made in a memorandum to Sinha, demanding a regular medical bulletin on the health status of the Chief Minister, who has been unwell since February 15.
“In a memorandum submitted to the Governor we have said that the current system of governance is unconstitutional.
The Consitution mandates that a Chief Minister should head a State Government. Goa Government currently does not have a functioning Chief Minister, because Manohar Parrikar is unwell and is in the US for nearly a month now,” Naik said, adding that Goa was in a state of constitutional crisis.
The former Defence Minister was first hospitalised on February 15, after he complained of stomach pain to the State Government-run Goa Medical College and Hospital, before being shifted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. After a brief return to Goa and hospitalisation which lasted for nearly a week, Parrikar was moved to a New York based health facility in March, where he continues to undergo treatment, for what the Chief Minister’s Office has claimed, is a case of “mild pancreatitis”. No official medical bulletin has been issued about the exact nature of Parrikar’s ailment.
Before leaving for the US, Parrikar in a written communication to the Governor had informed that in his absence a three Minister committee, which includes Francis D’Souza (BJP), Sudin Dhavalikar (alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party) and Vijai Sardesai (alliance partner Goa Forward) to oversee administrative matters and take appropriate decisions.
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