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[IAC#RG] AN ASSAULT ON PARLIAMEMTARY DEMOCRACY
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"Aires Rodrigues" (via indiaresists Mailing List)
2018-02-20 05:48:15 UTC
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It is for the first time in the history of our country that a Session of
the Legislative Assembly is being curtailed on account of the Chief
Minister’s illness. This unprecedented and very high-handed move by the Goa
government does not augur well as the legislators are being denied an
opportunity to discuss the very vital issues confronting the State. Would
the session have been curtailed if the Leader of the Opposition had fallen
ill?

With the Senior most Minister Sudin Dhavalikar now appointed to officiate
in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the show must go on.

Manohar Parrikar while in the Opposition had always advocated for longer
sessions of the Legislative Assembly but once in power did not walk his
talk. Vijai Sardesai and Rohan Khaunte had earlier also demanded longer
sessions but have surprisingly now concurred with this uncalled for
curtailment.

The Legislative Assembly is a forum for our heftily paid MLAs to legislate
good laws while holding the government accountable for its misdeeds. It is
appalling that the session is being curtailed under the pretext of a very
invalid reason, that the Chief Minister is unwell. Are we being made to
reconcile that Manohar Parrikar is indispensable for holding the session of
the Legislative Assembly? Merely because the Government enjoys the majority
does not mean that it can be a Law unto itself and throw all Parliamentary
practices to the wind. One man cannot hold the State or the nation to
ransom. This political bankruptcy and unjustified decision of curtailing
the session of the Goa Legislative Assembly needs to be strongly condemned.


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