Parrikar’s son got GIDC plot after dad took over: Cong; CM had no role, is retort
The Goa Congress has alleged through the GPCC spokesperson Sudip Tamhankar that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar “misused his powers” as the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) chairman to allot plots to his son and the brother of Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar in the Tuem
Industrial Estate after taking over as chief minister on March 9, 2012.
Tamhankar, addressing a Press conference at the Congress party headquarters here on Tuesday, alleged conflict of interest at the very least in the manner in which the Chief Minister allotted plots to his son Abhijat and to Parulekar’s brother Pramod if not a “scam”.
Stating that he is making allegations on the basis of documents procured under the Right To Information Act, Tamhankar said: “Out of 79 plots, 41 have already been allotted by the Parrikar regime while 38 are in the process of being allotted. The very first plot has been allotted to Abhijat,” he said.
The Congress spokesman demanded the chief minister step down as the chairperson of GIDC. In reply to a question, the spokesperson replied: “The allotments may not be illegal but are certainly unethical… I would not have a problem if the allotments were done with another person as the Chairman,” he said, adding: “Previously, during the Congress regime, Parrikar had said that GIDC allotments were not genuine. What is he doing now?”
The chief minister was unavailable for comment though a source close to him maintained that “Tamhankar was inviting a case for defamation for making allegations without proof of any illegality”. A review of the allegations made by the Congress spokesperson has brought out the following facts after speaking to government sources for their take on the charges:
• The plots allotments were advertised ~ a first ~ with criteria clearly spelt out.
• Sources close to the chief minister emphasized that his son, a bonafide businessman who obviously met the criteria or he would not have been considered for allotment, had every right to apply for a GIDC plot.
• Further, plot allotment is done by a GIDC sub-committee which the chief minister is not a part of; he only heads the GIDC board and has never, ever, been part of any decision involving any application by his kin. [H]