Panaji: Accusing Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of misusing the Goa Mundkar Act 1975 for his personal benefit, the Congress party on Thursday asked Sawant to come clean over his application before the Bicholim mamlatdar seeking a declaration that he is a mundkar under Section 8A of the Act, as regards to a plot with a house in Cotombi, Bicholim.
“Sawant’s application is being heard expeditiously. Why is it not the same with other applications that are filed by genuine mundkars who are struggling for so many years to even build a toilet. Other applicants are getting one date in three months while Sawant is getting three dates in one month for the case hearing. This is completely misuse of power and misuse of the Mundkar Act,” said Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar while addressing a press conference in Panaji.
Referring to documents obtained under RTI by an activist, the Congress president raised suspicion over Sawant’s intention to claim right over the particular plot under the Mundkarial Act.
“In order to execute the sale deed one has to pay stamp duty which becomes revenue to the government but Sawant here is claiming the land as a mundkar, he is getting the land at peanuts and officially the order itself will serve as the sale deed so he needs to pay the stamp duty. So the question arises whether he has applied for ownership of the plot to avoid paying money in white,” Chodankar quipped.
Party leader Shriniwas Khalap claimed that Sawant has not submitted all required documents to claim his right over the particular property.
Khalap claimed that the area which the Chief Minister is claiming does not have a house so the question arises how Sawant can be a mundkar without a house. However, the documents obtained by an RTI activist shows that a dwelling house does exist on the said plot.
Girish Chodankar informed that Congress MLAs, local leaders, and party workers will hold a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 15 to draw the attention of central authorities to save river Mhadei, the lifeline of Goa.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has asked the BJP MLAs especially those belonging to Catholic community to make their stand clear on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the next 24 hours.
Party spokesperson Trajano D’Mello said that if the MLAs remain silent on this issue then it would be
presumed that they are in consonance with the CAB rule brought in by the union government.
“Today they have brought CAB, tomorrow they will bring the National Register of Citizens. Let the cabinet ministers particularly Mauvin Godinho, Michael Lobo and Jennifer Monserrate say what would be the fate of Goans who have opted for Portuguese passport as the state failed to provide employment to the youth” he said.