Manohar Parrikar may try to dissolve Assembly, Congress tells Governor

By mid day online desk | Panaji

Manohar Parrikar last week returned from the US -- the third time in six months -- following another round of treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer

Manohar Parrikar

As the political situation in Goa continues to remain unstable, Congress has made a strong accusation against the Manohar Parrikar led BJP govt that it may try to dissolve assembly through unconstitutional means. Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar said in a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha on Wednesday. Manohar Parrikar in recent time has been struggling with illness and has been spending a majority of his time in the USA for treatment.

"This letter is... to enlighten and caution your Excellency of a possible attempt to dissolve the Assembly on basis of a concocted Cabinet decision which was successfully done by Parrikar in 2002 when there was political uncertainty," Chodankar alleged.

"The government led by Parrikar is in minority and is struggling with its allies and intra-party politics and as such he is losing grip over allies and party MLAs and leaders. Further, the administration is on its knees," the Congress leader said, adding that the coastal state is virtually in a "state of emergency".

Manohar Parrikar last week returned from the US -- the third time in six months -- following another round of treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer. Parrikar has not attended office since his return on September 6. Chodankar said Parrikar has been "struggling with health issues" ever since his return.

"In the present scenario, the Chief Minister may opt for dissolution of Assembly on the basis of a concocted Cabinet decision, (without even holding a Cabinet meeting or falsely interpolating a recommendation for dissolution) which may be submitted to your excellency," Chodankar said.

Parrikar, he added, while recommending the dissolution will also attempt to "cling on to the chair as caretaker Chief Minister without any accountability for six months before going for Assembly elections along with parliamentary elections".

(with inputs from Agencies)

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