In a major development that could have some bearing on the composition of the Bharatiya Janata Party and state legislature, two Congress workers have filed a petition seeking disqualification of Mr Glen Ticlo, a sitting legislator of the ruling combine from Aldona constituency, for being a citizen of Portugal and not being a citizen of India, before the Governor of Goa.
The petitioners, Mr Sudip N Tamankar and Mr Amarnath Panjikar, have in their petition urged the Governor of Goa to refer to the Election Commission of India the case of Mr Ticlo’s illegal and unconstitutional election to the Goa Legislative Assembly in terms of Article 192(2) and obtain the opinion of the commission.
The petitioners have pointed out that Mr Ticlo was a foreign national holding constitutional position of MLA, which he was not entitled to and which was in total violation of the law and Constitution of India. They have also prayed that Mr Ticlo be suspended from functioning as an elected member of the Assembly, pending final decision.
The petitioners have also prayed that the Governor may direct the concerned authorities, including Ministry of External Affairs, to obtain all relevant citizenship documents relating to Mr Ticlo from the Central Civil Registration Office of the Portuguese government.
The petition also includes a prayer that the Aldona legislator be disqualified as member of the House, by the Governor, on receiving opinion of ECI in terms of Articles 191(1)(d) and 192(2) and that the Aldona seat in the state assembly be declared vacant and declare by-elections to it.
The petitioners have also prayed that any other relief as thought fit and proper by the Governor be given in the circumstances, including lodging of police complaint and initiating criminal proceedings against Mr Ticlo for playing a fraud on the people of the state and nation.
Meanwhile, Mr Tamankar while addressing a press conference, dared the Chief Minister to take action against Mr Ticlo, as he has done in the case of Mr Allen D’Sa, Superintendent of Police, who has been sent on long leave and forced to opt for voluntary retirement as he too was allegedly holding Portuguese citizenship. He also wondered whether Mr Ticlo would also be sent on “long leave” like Mr D’Sa.
Mr Tamankar further said that the outburst of the BJP leaders, particularly by Dr Wilfred Mesquita, was out of frustration, even as he accused the ruling party of being non-tolerant to criticism for its failures. He wondered why Dr Mesquita did not take up the case filed by his daughter and relating to land at Dabolim airport to logical conclusion in the court.
Stating that he was in company of the Chief Minister for three years and fed him with the information of wrong doings of the then Congress regime, Mr Tamankar said that he was never helped financially or otherwise by Mr Parrikar at any moment. He also wondered why no action was being taken against Dr Mesquita, as his name too figures in the Pendse commission report.
Accusing the government of having compromised on corruption, he wondered why no action was being taken against 29 assistant motor vehicle inspectors, whose selection process has been faulted by the vigilance department. He said that while over 1,600 youth selected have been denied employment on flimsy ground no action has been taken against 29 AMVI despite glaring lapses having been found in their selection. [NT]