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16 Congress MLAs issue notice for removal of Goa Speaker

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Panaji, Sep 21 : In a fresh bid to pressure the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, several of whose ministers have been hospitalised due to severe ailments, 16 Congress MLAs on Friday issued notice to the State legislature Secretary demanding removal of Speaker Pramod Sawant.

The notice, which is signed by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said: “We the undersigned MLAs of Goa do hereby propose to move the following motion for removal of Dr Pramod Sawant as Speaker of legislative assembly of Goa on expiry of 14-day notice period.”

THe notice was filed under rule 243 of the rules of procedure and conduct of business of the Goa legislative assembly read with article 179(C) of the Constitution.

The move comes at a time when the BJP-led coalition government is hamstrung by the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the ruling coalition is keen to avoid a test on the floor of the House.

While the motion moved by the Congress to remove the Speaker would facilitate a floor test, an Assembly session for it can be summoned by the Governor.

While the BJP has 14 MLAs, three legislators — Parrikar, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar — are suffering from severe ailments, which puts their appearance in the state legislative assembly in case of a vote in doubt.

Ever since Parrikar’s hospitalisation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences last week, its ten allies, which includes three MLAs each from the Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and four Independent legislators have stepped up pressure on them, seeking bigger portfolios.

Goa Forward’s Vijai Sardesai as well as MGP’s Sudin Dhavalikar have also hinted about their aspirations for the Chief Minister’s post in Parrikar’s absence, which has put the BJP on the back foot.

The ruling coalition had to postpone its decision to replace Manohar Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, with a new CM in order to avoid a mandatory floor test which is required to ascertain whether the Chief Minister has the confidence of the House.

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Knew would lose, Party forgot agenda of development: BJP MP

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Expressing surprise over Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections results, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade on Tuesday said that knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, adding party forgot the agenda of development that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up in 2014.

“I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but MP trends have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014”, he told ANI.

The Parliamentarian further stated, “Ram Mandir, statues and name changing became the focus”.

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Congress suspects EVM manipulation in Telangana

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Hyderabad, Dec 11: With the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) headed for a landslide victory in the state’s Assembly elections, the Congress on Tuesday voiced the suspicion that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were manipulated.

State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that 100 per cent counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) be taken up.

He asked all Congress candidates to submit letters to returning officers concerned for counting of paper trails.

Congress, which headed the four-party People’s Front, was leading in just 21 constituencies while the TRS was ahead in 87.

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This Result is a gift for Rahul Gandhi: Sachin Pilot

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Jaipur, Dec 11: Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said that the result of assembly elections is a gift for party president Rahul Gandhi. 

“Party President Rahul Gandhi became party president exactly a year ago this day, so this result is a gift for him. Congress will form Govt in three states”, he told media.

“Trends make it clear that Congress is forming Govt in Rajasthan with full majority, we had 21 seats last time. We should wait for the final numbers. Congress leadership and MLAs will decide who will get what role”, he said.

Regarding a new Chief Minister, Pilot said: “The Congress high command and the MLAs will collectively decide”.

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