Sensing the possibility that the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may opt for dissolution of the state Assembly, Congress on Wednesday wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha to verify veracity of the resolution recommending dissolution of the Assembly if it comes to her for consideration.
“The government led by Manohar Parrikar is in minority and struggling with its allies and intra-party politics within the coalition. He is struggling with his own health issues and has not resumed his office since his return from the USA. It is evident that Parrikar is losing his grip on allies and also his own party. The state of Goa is literally in a state of emergency created by the ruling coalition due to adamant attitude of Parrikar of not stepping down and providing a viable alternative,” stated Congress in a letter written to Governor by party president Girish Chodankar and Congress legislature party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar.
“In this situation, the fear is that Parrikar may opt for dissolution of the Assembly and continue as a caretaker chief minister till the fresh Assembly election is held, without any hassles created by his allies and party men,” the letter reads further.
The Congress alleged that Parrikar in the past, without the consent of his cabinet, had created minutes of recommending dissolution of the Assembly and got the Assembly dissolved and, citing this, the lone opposition party cautioned the Governor and urged her to verify with the cabinet ministers if such a recommendation has been placed before her.
“We fear that Parrikar may repeat it 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,” the Congress said.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Girish Chodankar claimed that BJP was trying to hold the elections of Lok Sabha and the state legislative Assembly on the same dates.
“We feel that another election should not be imposed on the people of Goa within 18 months when people had given mandate to the Congress to rule. We also cannot afford to spend exchequer money on the election to satisfy vested interests,” Chodankar said.
He said that the majority MLAs are not in support of a fresh election, including the ruling legislators.
He said the Congress party with all its strength and democratic tools at its disposal will oppose any move by Parrikar to dissolve the Assembly.