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Panaji: GFP on Thursday demanded that Konkani and Goan domicile be made mandatory criteria for the 24 Sagar Mitra posts advertised by the directorate of fisheries. GFP general secretary Mohandas Lolienkar said that if the department fails to ensure that locals are given the jobs, GFP would seek legal recourse. While advertising the posts, the directorate said that candidates should have effective communication skills in the ‘local language’ and preferably be a local. GFP said that the vague nature of the advertisement does not specify which local language is being referred to. “The eligibility criteria for Sagar Mitra posts in Goa gives sufficient scope for candidates from neighbouring states or any other state for these posts to be selected for the job,” said Lolienkar. “The recruitment rules for the advertisement may be corrected by specifying Konkani as the local language in the advertisement along with a 15-year domicile in Goa as a mandatory requirement.” GFP said that it would prefer if the Sagar Mitra supposed to assist fishermen, is a local from the fishing village. Party general secretary Durgadas Kamat said that the fisheries department of others states have “explicitly mentioned” the name of their local language for the Sagar Mitra posts. “In comparison to Goa other states have stated that the candidate must be a local of the village, neighbouring village or at least the district as the Sagar Mitra. They have also stated that the candidate must give a declaration that they must be willing to stay in the village they will be working in. This is to ensure that the Sagar Mitras can spend an extensive amount of time in the fishing villages. We will await prompt action after which we will be forced to take legal course in this matter,” said Kamat.
Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Chief Minister of Maharashtra Wednesday, after the Supreme Court did not stay the Assembly floor test scheduled for June 30 called by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, and he faced the prospect of 40-odd of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs with the Eknath Shinde camp. The Sena’s petition seeking disqualification of 16 of the rebel MLAs remains pending.The crisis that brought down the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government has several parallels – from hung Houses to new alliances, to petitions in the Supreme Court:July 2019The 2018 state elections threw up a hung Assembly, with the BJP winning 104 seats, the Congress 80, the JD(S) 37, along with three Independents, in the 224-member House. With the BJP failing to reach the majority mark of 113, forcing BJP leader B S Yediyurappa to step down as Chief Minister within three days, the Congress and JD(S) forged an alliance with the JD(S)’s H D Kumaraswamy as CM.In July 2019, the coalition government hit shaky ground when 17 MLAs (14 from the Congress and three from the JD-S) sought to quit the Assembly, citing differences with the government and CM. The Speaker, K R Ramesh Kumar, elected on the Congress ticket, refused to accept their resignation. With the BJP seen as behind the move, the Congress and JD(S) approached the Speaker seeking that the 17 be disqualified and not allowed to contest the election during the tenure of the then Assembly.The Governor asked the Kumaraswamy government to take a floor test twice, and finally on July 23, 2019, the Congress-JD(S) Ministry fell. The Speaker went on to disqualify the MLAs, which remained away from the Congress-JD(S) reach and sequestered in hotels, and Yediyurappa returned as CM after winning a floor test in the truncated-House of 208. The BJP was able to muster support of 105 MLAs, against the Congress and JD(S)’s combined total of 99.In November 2019, on the plea of the 17 MLAs against the Speaker’s order, the Supreme Court upheld their disqualification but not the directive that they could not contest the election till 2023. In the bypolls held the next month, 11 of the 17 were re-elected to the House, on BJP tickets.October 2010The Yediyurappa-led BJP government had a slender majority – at 117, just four more than the cut off mark of 113. In October 2010, 11 of its MLAs withdrew support. The Congress and JD(S) had 101 MLAs, and posed a challenge in case of six Independents swaying their way.On October 6, the Speaker, K G Bopaiah, allied to the BJP, disqualified the rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law, just after Governor Hans Raj Bharadwaj had asked Yediyurappa to initiate a trust motion. With the rebel MLAs disqualified and the House strength down to 213, Yediyurappa won the trust vote by a voice vote and support of 106 MLAs, amid chaos.In May 2011, the Supreme Court held that some of the actions of the Speaker in disqualifying the 11 MLAs did not “meet the twin tests of natural justice and fair play”. It also said Yediyurappa had ignored Constitutional norms.January 2006The 2004 Karnataka Assembly polls had thrown up a hung verdict, with the BJP winning 79 seats, the Congress 65 and the JD(S) 58. The Congress and JD(S) initially formed an alliance with Dharam Singh of the Congress as CM.In January 2006, a dissident group of 42 MLAs of the JD(S), led by Kumarswamy, withdrew support to the Congress, and allied with the BJP. Dharam Singh resigned and the Governor invited the BJP and JD(S) to form the new government.Kumaraswamy struck a deal that the two parties would hold power for 20 months each. But the coalition collapsed in October 2007, after the JD(S) reneged on transferring power to the BJP. President’s rule was imposed, and the next Assembly elections were held in May 2008.2019In March 2019, newly appointed Chief Minister Sawant urged Governor Mridula Sinha to summon the Assembly for a floor test on March 20, 2019, after sitting CM Manohar Parrikar’s death. Sawant resigned from the Speaker’s chair before he was sworn in as CM ahead of the floor test, and Michael Lobo, then Deputy Speaker, carried out the proceedings.The Congress had 14 MLAs, the BJP 12. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) had three each. The NCP had one candidate and there were three Independents. The strength of the Goa Assembly is 40, but there were only 36 sitting MLAs at the time (Parrikar and BJP MLA Francis D’Souzaas had died and two Congress MLAs had resigned).Sawant won the floor test with the support of 20 MLAs, after the MGP and GFP MLAs as well as three Independents voted for him.Sawant consolidated his strength in July 2019, after 10 Congress MLAs and two MGP MLAs defected to the BJP.1995The BJP won 121 of 182 seats in the 1995 Assembly elections in Gujarat – its highest till then – in the backdrop of the Babri Masjid demolition and the subsequent riots. However, many MLAs were upset with Keshubhai Patel being made CM. They were believed to have the backing of then BJP general secretary and Gujarat in-charge Narendra Modi.While Patel was away in the US, leaving Ashok Bhatt behind as caretaker CM, Shankersinh Vaghela, then a BJP MP from Godhra, claimed the backing of 105 MLAs and launched a coup in September 1995.The MLAs were first taken to Vaghela’s village in Vasan and later to the home of a Congress leader in a village in Gandhinagar. While some of the MLAs were lured back by the BJP, Vaghela flew the remaining 55 out to Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh overnight.They only returned after senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee agreed to replace the CM. Suresh Mehta was subsequently appointed CM.But as remnants of the discontent followed the party, in 1996, during a meeting to felicitate Vajpayee, now the Prime Minister, the MLAs literally came to blows. An MLA was stripped of his dhoti and another was nearly set ablaze.The House was placed under “suspended animation”. The Governor was hospitalised at the time when Vaghela staked claim to form the government after parading 103 MLAs before him, including of the BJP, Congress and some Independents. The BJP MLAs numbered 48, more than one-third of the total, thus escaping the anti-defection law. Vaghela became CM.(with inputs from Johnson T A, Mayura Janwalkar, Leena Misra)
Panaji: Goa Forward Party (GFP) held its state executive committee meeting on Monday where the party “emphatically and unanimously” said that it would continue to stand by its “regionalistic intent.” Party president Vijai Sardesai chaired the meeting at the Goemkar Ghor office. While acknowledging the setback after the February 14 elections, Sardesai directed the party functionaries to focus on strengthening the party at all levels. The state executive committee members also discussed political developments in the state and organisational activities ahead of the coming panchayat elections. “We emphatically and unanimously endorsed the regionalistic intent on which our party was founded, and reiterated our commitment to uphold and defend the interests of Goa and Goemkars without fear,” said Sardesai. The party, that was born just months ahead of the 2017 state assembly elections, has repeatedly insisted that only a regional party could help protect Goa’s identity, culture and interests. Given that BJP appears to have cemented itself at the helm of affairs while Congress struggles to pose a significant challenge, GFP finds itself at an inflection point. In a statement, the party said that all the members of the state executive were present for the meeting that was convened on Monday. The decision to strengthen the party at all levels, to identify and pursue issues facing Goa, and to actively partner with Goemkars at grassroots were taken.
Panaji: Appreciating the fisheries department’s decision to amend recruitment rules and make Konkani compulsory for the posts of 24 sagar mitras, Goa Forward Party (GFP) said that other departments need to adhere to the norm and make Konkani compulsory for all future recruitment. GFP environment cell convenor Vikas Bhagat said that the failure to give Konkani importance in the recruitment process will lead to protests. “We will watch to make sure that every post that is advertised in the coming days requires the applicant to know Konkani. And if the government or the department makes a mistake, we will be there to protest,” said Bhagat. After GFP MLA Vijai Sardesai flagged the issue, the fisheries department issued a corrigendum making fluency in Konkani a criteria for the 24 posts. The job interviews, which were scheduled to be held on Thursday, were cancelled and rescheduled to the first week of June. “We will be keeping a close watch on all posts that are being advertised. Our students’ wing will be keeping a close eye on government recruitments,” said Bhagat. Bhagat also said that some part of the interview should be held in Konkani in order to weed out candidates who claim to know Konkani and who produce fake certificates to back their claim.
Margao: Chairperson of Margao Municipal Council (MMC) Lyndon Pereira completes one year in office on Friday. Pereira, who won the municipality polls contesting on Goa Forward Party’s (GFP) Fatorda Forward panel, was elected unopposed as the chairperson of the civic body. Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai’s GFP had an alliance with Margao MLA Digambar Kamat for the Margao civic polls, who had propped up his Model Margao panel. Dipali Sawal from the Kamat camp was elected unopposed as the vice-chairperson. Speaking to TOI on Wednesday, Pereira said he was confident of completing his five-year tenure. “I enjoy the cooperation of my fellow councillors, and the MLAs concerned. I will complete my full term,” Pereira said when queried over change of guard, if any. Coinciding with the event, MMC has organised an awareness programme on no-plastic use on Friday. MMC, in collaboration with a Porvorim-based organisation ‘Sensible Earth’ will organise the event based on the theme “maka naka plastic” (I don’t need plastic) at the SGPDA market, Margao. MMC plans to distribute cloth bags to the public on the occasion. Looking back at his “achievements,” Pereira said he presided over development works amounting to Rs 10 crore over the last one year he has been in office. “Setting up a 5 TPD bio-digester at the SGPDA market to treat wet waste, purchase of several vehicles to facilitate garbage collection and revenue recovery, beautification of Lohia Maidan, recovery of outstanding revenue worth Rs 5 crore, installation of CCTV cameras in all departments of the municipality, are just some of the works that happened during my tenure,” he said.
Panaji: Goa Forward Party (GFP) president Vijai Sardesai on Sunday demanded that the state government rollback the 400% hike in road tax imposed on vintage cars and motorcycles. Sardesai said that he would raise the demand in the monsoon assembly session that commences on July 11. “The government must realise that preserving old vehicles is preserving heritage,” he said after flagging off the Fatorda Vintage Car and Bike rally. A vehicle is classed as a vintage once it exceeds 30 years from the date of manufacture. “It is expensive to maintain a vintage vehicle and keep it in running condition. Now, there has been a four-time hike in the road tax,” a vehicle owner said.