MP appreciates Parrikar’s change of heart on special status
The Rajya Sabha MP expressed his happiness that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has demanded special status for Goa and has also welcomed the government decision to invoke National Security Act in the state with a rider that it should not be misused.
While expressing his happiness that Parrikar has asked for special status for Goa, Naik said the MPs can now push the demand in Parliament. “If the demand from the Chief Minister had to come a little earlier when the Centre gave special status to some areas of Karnataka under Article 371 of the Constitution, it would have been better,” he said, adding that the proposal will have to be pushed by both the state government and the MPS.
Replying to a question, he said the petition made by the Congress government on special status was pending with the Centre. When asked whether he is still hopeful of Goa getting the special status, Naik agreed that it is not easy to get special status, adding “but, if appropriate pressure and time is put, then we can realise the demand.”
He said the state now enjoys an advantage given that both the Congress and the BJP are demanding special status for Goa.
On the NSA invoked in Goa, the MP said “in principle and considering that Goa is under constant threat of terrorist attack, I am of the view that the State Government should have such a legislation to meet any contingency”. He, however, hastened to add that it should not like “makdachea hatant kolit (Charcoal fire in the hand of a monkey) – indicating that it should not be misused by the government. [H]