Free Press Journal

Congress pushes for Prez rule in Goa CM’s absence


Panaji : The Opposition Congress demanded on Monday that the President’s rule be imposed in Goa in the wake of the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently in the US for a medical treatment.

Congress’ Goa spokesman Ramakant Khalap said the state is facing a “constitutional crisis”, and that he has sought an appointment with Governor Mridula Sinha to press for his party’s demand for President’s rule.

Parrikar has been “constantly absent” from the state because of health reasons, without handing over his charge to anyone, he said.

Also, power minister Pandurang Madkaikar and urban development minister Francis D’Souza have been down with ailments, he told reporters. There is no deadline when the Chief Minister and the ministers will return to work, Khalap said, adding “it is time for Governor Mridula Sinha to intervene into the matter, as the state is facing a constitutional crisis”.

Parrikar, 62, underwent treatment at a US hospital for a pancreatic ailment between March and June this year. He flew to the United States again on August 10 and returned on August 22, but was admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai the next day. He left for the US again last Thursday and is expected to return on September 8, a senior BJP leader said on Friday.

D’Souza also went to the US for a medical treatment last month while Madkaikar is admitted to a hospital in Mumbai since June 5 after he suffered a brain stroke.

Khalap alleged that Parrikar and the two other ministers have violated the oath to discharge their duties.