The Leader of Opposition in Goa assembly and Congress leader, Girish R Chodankar has expressed his fear that the state’s ailing chief minister, Manohar Parrikar may dissolve the assembly because of his inability to deal with the allies.
In his three-page letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, Chodankar wrote, “We had to disturb you amidst the festivities of Vighna Harta since Goa is threatened by a probable Vighna (Danger), which only Her Excellency can overcome with the blessings of Lord Ganesh.
“Goa is presently passing through a fluid political situation. With ailing ministers (including the chief minister), the Government led by Manohar Parrikar is in minority and is struggling with its allies and intra-party politics within the coalition. Mr Parrikar is struggling with his own health issues and has not resumed his office since his return from the USA. Due to this, it is evident that the CM is losing his grip over allies and also his own party. As a result, the administration has completely collapsed.”
Chodankar also added that Goa had plunged into a ‘State of Emergency’ created by the ruling coalition due to the ‘adamant attitude of Parrikar’ to not step down and provide a viable alternative.
In last year’s assembly elections, the BJP had managed to win only 13 out of 40 MLAs. The Congress had won 18 seats, emerging as the single largest party. But, the BJP had staked its claim to form the government with the help of Goa Forward Party led by Vijai Sardesai, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Nationalist Congress Party.
Parrikar, who was was diagnosed with the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer in February, had to spend three months in the US for treatment and returned home only in June. He had travelled to the US again in early August for a follow-up checkup.
Chodankar said that his fear of Parrikar recommending the dissolution of assembly was not a ‘mere hypothesis.’
“Mr Parrikar had dissolved the Assembly in 2002, when a similar situation of uncertainty had arisen. It is an open secret that he kept his whole cabinet in the dark and fraudulently created minutes of recommending dissolution of the Assembly, which was never discussed by the cabinet.
“We sincerely fear that Mr Parrikar may repeat the same drama once again and continue ruling for the period of six months till the Assembly election is declared along with the forthcoming Parliamentary election next year,” he said.
Chodankar said that his party ought to be given a chance to form an alternative government in the event that Parrikar recommends dissolving the assembly. He wrote, “Being the single largest party in the Assembly, the Congress is vehemently opposed to any such attempt. We were deprived of getting justice soon after the Assembly election held in 2017, as Her Excellency did not give us the first opportunity, in spite of winning the largest number of seats.
“We humbly request you not to commit this mistake once again in case Mr Parrikar recommends dissolution of the Assembly. We strongly urge that Congress should be given this opportunity to form an alternate government in such a situation and uphold the people’s mandate of 2017 Assembly election.”