Central Ministers are running Goa: AAP

first_imgA day after the Congress petitioned Goa Governor Mridula Sinha seeking a white paper on decisions taken by the government during the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday accused Central ministers of running the Goa government by rotation.Goa general secretary of the AAP, Pradeep Padgaonkar, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Goa was “dysfunctional” and virtually non-existent. “The Goa Ministers are clueless about what was happening on the ground. Local ministers have become bystanders and all dealings are made during visits by Central ministers like Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu, whether it is about Goa’s land or rivers,” said Mr. Padgaonkar.He was referring to the recent visits of Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu over the past one month, when they discussed State-related issues in presence of local ruling legislators and made several key announcements related to the handling of the scenario after the iron ore mining ban and taxi operator-related issues at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport. The Opposition, as well as civil society, have been claiming that governance and administration have collapsed in the absence of Chief Minister Parrikar who is under advanced treatment for a pancreas-related disease in a New York hospital. Mr. Parrikar, who held over 20 crucial portfolios including Home and Finance, has been unable to attend office since February 15, when he was admitted to the State-run Goa Medical College Hospital for stomach pain. He was since twice admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and from there shifted to the US. To run the government in his absence, Mr. Parrikar has appointed a three-member ministerial committee, which takes take decisions related to day-to-day administrative affairs.The AAP on Tuesday also accused the coalition government of cosying up to the influential casino lobby, for agreeing to consider a reduction of casino licence fees while simultaneously increasing fees for essential services and government licence processes. Mr. Padgaonkar said, “The common man is already reeling under the weight of the steep increase in fees of basic essential services. But the government, instead of reducing these fees, is considering reducing casino licence fees.”On Monday, Congress leaders in Goa called on Ms. Sinha seeking to know the latest on Mr. Parrikar’s condition. “We have told her that we have to have an official statement from her on Mr. Parrikar’s health status, which is required in the interest of the State,” Congress legislative party spokesperson Aleixo Reginaldo Lawrenco told presspersons outside Raj Bhavan after a delegation of Congress leaders met the Governor on Monday. Congress president Shantaram Naik also called for a white paper on decisions taken by the government in the absence of Mr. Parrikar.last_img

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