Remove Tawadkar, Sawaikar: Congress


 The Congress has demanded removal of cabinet minister Ramesh Tawadkar and Law Commission Chairman Narendra Sawaikar, arguing that these names figure in the Balli riots chargesheet, where two tribal youth were burnt to death in May 2011.
Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters Monday, Congress spokesman Sudip Tamhankar said the government should remove the chargesheeted Tribal Welfare Minister Ramesh Tawadkar and Law Commission Chairman Narendra Sawaikar from their respective posts.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating nine cases related to the Balli violence during the United Tribal Association Alliance (UTAA) agitation on May 25, in which a chargesheet has reportedly been filed.
Among the nine cases registered initially by the Cuncolim police on May 25, two were against former minister Prakash Velip, now sitting Minister Ramesh Tawadkar and Vasudev Gaonkar among others. Separate cases against 100 to 120 members of UTAA and another against a mob of 15 to 20 persons were also registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Also taking a dig at Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over incidents of rising crime in the State, Sudip Tamhankar argued that Parrikar should resign taking moral responsibility for the deteriorating law and order situation.
“Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar  should either resign or tell the people how much hafta he is collecting from the robbers as thefts and murders are on rise,” he alleged.
Reacting to the protest by women from Siolim constituency, who were condemning Tamhankar’s allegations that Siolim MLA and Water Resources Minister Dayanand Mandrekar was involved in the drug business, Tamhankar shot back, saying these were pressure tactics by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Those who are benefiting from the Griha Aadhar scheme had participated in the morcha,” he alleged. [H]