MGP wants ZP polls ‘rescheduled’


Panaji: A senior leader of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, on Friday, demanded with the state government to reschedule the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections, in view of the ‘examination season’ which will be over only by April 20.

Dhavalikar said that keeping the interest of students in mind, the crucial examination season should be taken into consideration and not the public festivals like Carnival and Shigmotsav for postponing the elections.

Addressing a press conference,  the MGP leader and former deputy chief minister said that there is no logic behind government’s decision in rescheduling the elections because of Carnival and Shigmo when the student community is preparing for their exams, which will get over by April 20, and added that if the elections are held during the examination season it will put students and teachers to great hardship, and hence the crucial examination season be taken into consideration and ZP polls be rescheduled

after April 20.

The state government has recently postponed the ensuing ZP elections by a week, to be held on March 22.

He also suspected a foul play by the government as “it is delaying the announcement of reservations,” and demanded to announce the reserved ZP constituencies by February 17.

“I don’t understand as to why the government is delaying in finalising the reservation of seats for the ZP elections, without which we will not be able to finalise our candidates and prepare them for contesting the polls. Time is taken by the government to announce the reservation, which is deliberately done to give short time period to the opposition to field their candidates,” he alleged.

Speaking on Mhadei issue, Dhavalikar said that “the Congress and the BJP worked together ‘hand in glove’ to divert water to Karnataka. I now neither have any trust in BJP nor in the Congress party to stop Mhadei water diversion because the Congress RS member B K Hariprasad demanded that the environmental clearance be given to Karnataka government for the Kalasa-Banduri project.”

“The MGP will continue to fight on its own and make people aware about the crisis to be faced due to water diversion. We will stage demonstrations in Sankhali, Priol, St Cruz, Pernem, Ponda, Mapusa, Mandrem and Tivim and hold candle march rally in Panaji in the months of April and May,” he said.

He further said that “the MGP, which has begun an agitation for creating awareness on the issue, could not stage a protest march to the Assembly complex during the recently concluded session due to the sudden arrest of our opposition MLA, and in protest we remained absent during the budget session that helped the government to pass the Private University Bill without

any discussion.”

He also blamed the government for the total collapse of law and order in state over “the poor investigation in Prakash Naik death case and now with the recent incident of rioting and holding hostage the staff and guests at La Calypso hotel

in Calangute.”