The Congress party has challenged the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to dissolve the state assembly and seek a fresh mandate, even as it has said that the ruling combine has failed to live upto the expectations of the people even as the opposition party leaders condemned the BJP for attacking media and trying to gag it and also destroy democracy.
Responding to the “unsolicited advice” from former BJP legislator from Fatorda, Mr Damodar Naik, that Congress leaders should reach out to the people for their political survival, the Congress spokesmen, Mr Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and Mr Sudip Tamankar, accused the BJP of having “lied” to the people of the state to come to the power.
The Congress leaders said that former BJP legislator while in opposition in the last assembly had read out a chart of 50 corruption cases against the then ruling combine and wondered why no action has been taken against Congress leaders for their involvement in alleged corruption so far though a year had elapsed.
Accusing Mr Naik of blackmailing the then chairman of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation, Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar, and getting an industrial plot at Verna through arm twisting tactics, the Congress leaders also challenged him to surrender the plot he allegedly got through corrupt practices.
The BJP had alleged corruption in every GIDC deal for plot, they added.
Mr Tamankar said that the case of allotment of industrial plot to the son of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, would be the first case that the opposition party would file before the Lokayukta, when he takes charge.
The Congress is going to expose the wrongs committed by the BJP government in days ahead, its spokesmen said.
Mr Lourenco said that the action of BJP officials in attacking a journalist clicking photographs of a wrongly parked vehicle of the top BJP functionary is highly condemnable and that it indicated that there is a systematic effort to prevent criticism of the ruling party and destroying democracy.
The Congress legislator from Curtorim also said that though two months have passed since the Vasco rape incident took place, no headway has been made in tracking down the rapist of the seven year-old girl, even as he said that court directions to add charges against the school authorities should make the Chief Minister hang his head in shame.
He also expressed surprise at the silence of the lone woman representative in the state cabinet, Ms Alina Saldanha, over the issue, even he said that perhaps too many enquiry officers have been appointed in the case with an aim to destroy evidence, even as he questioned the presence of a police inspector, whose wife is a teacher in the school where rape took place, in the enquiry panel.
Mr Tamankar defended the visit of the Congress leaders to the Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, saying that such an exercise is the constitutional right of the citizens of the country.
He also said that Mr Parrikar while in opposition had been doing the same even as he wondered whether the BJP leaders had forgotten what they did till just over a year ago.
Asking the BJP to introspect, Mr Lourenco said that they (BJP leaders) were accusing Congress of corruption in mining and other cases while they themselves are in a hurry to allow handling of dumps.
He said that dumps should be allowed to be handled only after a proper environment assessment impact study and that the government should refrain from repeating the past mistakes. [NT]