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PANAJI: A delegation of Congress called on governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum seeking his immediate intervention with regards to important public issues which the party alleged have been neglected by the government. The delegation led by Goa Congress president Amit Patkar requested the governor to inspect the illegal constructions done by Karnataka on River Mhadei to divert water, and assess the situation. The party has also requested the governor to allow representatives of political parties and voluntary organisations to accompany him during the inspection. “The people of Goa have the right to know the nature of work done by Karnataka on Mhadei River. People are worried by the government’s failure to take proactive steps,” stated the memorandum. Other issues that were highlighted were wastage of tur dal and rising unemployment among others. It has demanded a high level inquiry under the supervision of a high court judge about the wastage of 242 metric tonne of tur dal and 10.3 metric tonnes of sugar. It wants an immediate action to be taken against those responsible for the wastage. Referring to reports indicating high unemployment rate of Goa, the memorandum said that chief minister Pramod Sawant’s promise to create thousands of jobs was misleading. It has demanded that the government release a “white paper” on the unemployment scenario.
Calangute: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Sunday said that the people have got the wrong impression that he broke an oath to God by leaving Congress and joining BJP. “The oath was that we will not break from the party when we form the government. If the people of Goa did not give us 21 seats, then the oath does not stay. The oath was that if the party gets the numbers and wins and forms government, we will not break. But we only got 11 seats,” he said. Replying to queries, Lobo said it is for the people to decide if they will vote for him again. “We have to work for the people, only then will they vote for us again,” he said. He said the eight MLAs leaving Congress does not mean the party is finished. “Congress still has three MLAs. It does not mean the end of Congress,” Lobo said. However, he said it was a mistake to have left the BJP and joined Congress just before the assembly election. “Personally I think we should not have left BJP. If we made a mistake, then we have to admit it and we have admitted it. We’ve now come back into the party,” he said. He also denied that he rejoined BJP because of threats of raids by the ED and other investigation agencies.
Eyeing expansion, the Trinamool Congress had actively campaigned for the assembly elections in Goa.New Delhi: The Goa assembly elections were keenly fought with the Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party throwing their hats in the ring but when it came to poll expenditure, it was the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress that loosened its purse strings spending a whopping Rs 47.54 crore.The BJP, which retained power in Goa with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at the helm, spent over Rs 17.75 crore towards election expenditure in the state.The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP spent nearly Rs 3.5 crore in Goa, where it tried its luck for the second consecutive assembly elections.The details of the election expenditure were submitted by the respective political parties to the Election Commission recently.The Congress, which was hoping to dislodge the BJP from power in Goa, spent approximately Rs 12 crore on the Goa elections.The Nationalist Congress Party gave Rs 25 lakh each to the 11 candidates it had fielded for the elections, besides spending on the campaign from the party's central fund.The Shiv Sena, which fielded 10 candidates in the Goa elections, spent nearly Rs 92 lakh towards poll expenditure. Eyeing expansion, the Trinamool Congress had launched an election blitzkrieg in Goa with poll strategist Prashant Kishor playing a key role in trying to get the party a toehold in the state.The party fielded 23 candidates in the Goa assembly election but none of them won, while its ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party put up candidates in 13 seats and managed to win two.The AAP fielded 39 candidates and managed to open its account in the state by winning two seats.The Congress had cried foul at the entry of Trinamool Congress and the AAP in the electoral fray in Goa, accusing them of dividing the anti-BJP vote.The BJP won 20 seats in the 40-member assembly and formed the government with the support of two MGP MLAs and three Independent legislators.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comEarlier this month, eight of the 11 Congress MLAs, including Leader of Opposition Michael Lobo and former chief minister Digambar Kamat, defected to the BJP.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Margao: Anticipating protests by Congress workers, a strong posse of policemen was deployed near the residence of Margao MLA Digambar Kamat at Malbhat, Margao, for the major part of the day on Thursday. However, though no protesters turned up, the police deployment on the busy road leading to Kamat’s house generated quite a curiosity among locals.Police sources said the deployment was to ensure that they were not caught off guard if protesters descended on Kamat’s residence as a part of their plan to hold protests outside the houses of all eight MLAs who defected to BJP recently. Salcete mamlatdar Laxmikant Dessai was present at the site to monitor the law and order situation.On Wednesday, Congress workers had held a protest near the house of Nuvem MLA Alexio Sequeira at Raia.Though adequate police force was deployed near his residence that prevented the protesters from coming close to his house, they burnt Sequeira’s effigy and shouted slogans condemning his action. The protesters were led by South Goa district president of the party Savio D’Silva, Congress mahila morcha president Beena Naik and others.The protesters said they would hold protests outside the residences of all eight MLAs and demand an explanation from them for “betraying” his voters by quitting Congress and joining BJP without consulting them.
Panaji: AAP criticised Congress for not taking action against the eight MLAs who joined BJP and alleged that it only gives credence to the theory that there was a pre-election deal between the two parties.“It is the responsibility of Congress to take some serious legal action against the defectors, otherwise people will lose faith in democracy,” AAP’s state vice-president Valmiki Naik said.He said that Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat are the main people behind this deal. He alleged that Goa election in charge P Chidambaram, Goa desk in charge Dinesh Gundu Rao and ex-Congress state president Girish Chodankar were all involved.AAP urged Congress to make the affidavit signed by the MLAs ahead of the assembly polls public as AAP has already done.
Margao: A statement by Aldona MLA Carlos Ferreira that a merger of Goa Forward Party (GFP) with Congress would strengthen anti-BJP forces in the state, and GFP president Vijai Sardesai instantly warming up to the idea has set political circles abuzz with speculations.Pointing out to Sardesai's roots in Congress and describing him as a “firebrand leader,” Ferreira said, “We are in alliance with Vijai Sardesai. There is an ideological like-mindedness between us, and this is what keeps us together. Vijai is a leader in his own right. I have known him since his student leader days. And if he (joins Congress) we will be strengthened further. It is time for all forces to realign to make sure that we defeat these kinds of forces that are defeating our nation, trampling upon the constitution and trying to make democracy redundant.”Sardesai responded cautiously to Ferreira’s invitation, though he dropped enough hints that he wasn’t averse to the idea.“The issue of merger cannot be decided by speculation. In the absence of any formal proposal, I cannot take it forward. This requires a formal high-level initiative which at the moment isn’t there,” Sardesai said. He maintained, however, that he was an alliance partner of Congress and remains so till date.The Fatorda MLA said that Congress lay in a moribund state and that most of the new parties have come to occupy the political space ceded by Congress. “I am not fighting for the space of Congress; I don’t want to be cannibalistic. I want to unite all anti-BJP forces to uproot this anti-Goan government and party from Goa. That’s my intention and that’s why I had formed an alliance with Congress. That sentiment still prevails,” Sardesai said.The GFP president said he was interested in “winning the hearts of the people” with his anti-corruption, anti-coal and anti-defection stance