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Cong: examining legal options to challenge 10 MLAs’ merger



Stating that the merger of Congress party’s legislative wing into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is illegal and unconstitutional, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) on Wednesday said that it will examine legal options before filing disqualification petition against the 10 rebel MLAs.

“Neither Congress Working Committee at the Centre nor Pradesh Congress Committee has passed any resolution for the merger. In Goa, we didn’t hold any meeting and we have not taken a resolution for passing merger hence it is illegal,” said Girish Chodankar who recently resigned as the president of the GPCC. 

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Chodankar said that the legal cell of the party is currently studying several recent judgments passed by courts in Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

“We will study the matter properly along with examining earlier judgments and make our contention strong enough to counter the Speaker of the House and the government before the court,” he said.

Chodankar said that it was due to the ‘greed’ that 10 Congress MLAs switched over to BJP, adding the party had sensed that some of the MLAs were joining when they were offered ‘packages’ by the BJP.

Chodankar further said that BJP has a history of “backstabbing” the alliance parties and the individuals had stood with them to form the government while they were falling short of majority. He further said that the MLAs and leaders who have extended their support to the BJP-led government in the state should exercise caution as there is a high possibility that they may meet the same fate as Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.

He asked Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar to push to drop the notifications brought about by the government for ‘transferable development rights’ and change in zoning of land into the Town Country Planning Department Act.

“Land conversion is happening on a case-to-case basis which we refer as a suitcase to suitcase basis conversion of land. Kavlekar had opposed the TDR policy while in the Opposition, and today if he doesn’t make the required corrections in his capacity as TCP Minister then he will also be labeled as a corrupt minister,” Chodankar said.

He demanded the Chief Minister to initiate action against the government officers who allegedly carried out the purification rituals at Kala Academy, where former chief minister the late Manohar Parrikar’s body was kept for public homage.

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