BREAKING NEWS: Goa budget on Monday 26 March

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21/03/2012
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Following the sudden demise of Tourism Minister Mathany Saldanha, the Goa government decided to postpone the presentation of the state's Budget for 2012-13 to Monday 26 March, after an urgent Cabinet meeting held at 9.30 am today.

Following the sudden demise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government's Tourism Minister Mathany Saldanha in the early hours of Wednesday, the Goa government has decided to postpone the presentation of the state's Budget for 2012-13 to Monday 26 March. The state government also declared a three-day mourning after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar held an urgent Cabinet meeting at 9.30 am today.

"We have informed Goa Governor K Sankaranarayanan about the postponement of the budget. I am too disturbed by his death. He was like a brother; he stood by me and the party through thick and thin," Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said in a statement, describing the late Mr Saldhana as a trailblazer in securing the rights of the common Goan.

Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik said that the 64-year-old Saldanha's death came as a shock. "He was more of a social activist than a politician," the MP said. Mr Saldanha, a trailblazer for preserving Goa's traditional occupations, was an unlikely politician. He was far more comfortable leading mass movements on the roads rather than sitting in an airconditioned minister's chamber.