Manohar Parrikar accused of threatening people from hospital bed

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The Congress on Friday accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of  “threatening people” from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Manohar Parrikar

Congress observer for Goa A. Chellakumar said, “He may be in the hospital yes. I hope you (Parrikar) are very well but I am getting messages that while sitting in the hospital, you are calling people, threatening them.”

Chellakumar, according to a report by IANS, also said that in view of the Chief Minister’s alleged involvement in a Rs. 1.44 lakh crore illegal mining scam, currently being probed by the Goa Lokayukta, he should assure the people that he would forfeit his properties if he is found guilty.

“I pray to God even now, let Manohar Parrikar get well soon. Let God give him a long life, but it is my duty also to remind him. All these days you initiated so many actions on so many former ministers. In all the corruption charges, you filed complaints. Moreover you have attached some of their properties also. Now it is your turn,” IANS quoted Chellakumar as saying.

Goa Lokayukta had earlier this month issued notices to Parsekar and two senior government functionaries- former mines secretary Pawan Kumar Sain and current mines and geology department director Prasanna Acharya- in connection with the second renewal of 88 mining leases in 2014-15, which was quashed by the Supreme Court in February this year. The Supreme Court in its February order had banned the iron ore extraction with effect from 16 March.

The order had led to a huge unrest in the state as workers employed by iron mines had taken to streets leading to violent clashes with police in Panaji.

Former Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had blamed Parrikar for Rs 144,000 Crore mining scam.

Parrikar’s poor health has heightened the political activities in the western Indian coastal state with the Congress leaders meeting Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to form an alternative government.

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