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Goa government in minority, invite us: Congress to Governor

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Panaji, Sep 18 : Claiming that the BJP-led coalition government was in a minority, the Congress legislative party on Tuesday formally met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and urged her to convene a one-day session of Assembly to allow it to stake claim to form the new government.

Fifteen out of the 16 Congress legislative party members met Sinha for over an hour on Tuesday evening, during which they also alleged a breakdown in the constitutional machinery due to ill-health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, saying that there was no one to lead the treasury benches or head the Cabinet.

“We have requested her to call a special one-day session of the Assembly, where the government should prove their majority in a democratic manner. Then we will prove. We are already the single-largest party, but we should be given an opportunity to prove the majority,” Kavlekar told reporters, after meeting Sinha with 15 Congress MLAs.

CLP member Aleixo Reginaldo was out of station, a Congress leader said.

Kavlekar also said that the BJP’s constant flirting with regional parties, urging them to merge with the ruling party had ticked off BJP MLAs who were in touch with the Congress leadership with a switchover in mind.

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“The Parrikar government is in a majority only on paper. They cannot choose a leader today and they are talking of mergers with regional parties. If regional parties merge, then the BJP’s own MLAs are not willing to stay back in the party. Those (BJP MLAs) are in touch with our leaders,” Kavlekar said.

Asked if the Congress legislative party, which already has four former Chief Ministers who have bickered over leadership issues in the past, had a chief ministerial candidate in mind, Kavlekar said: “We will declare our chief ministerial candidate when the Governor calls a one-day session. We are waiting for the opportunity… there will be no leadership squabbles between us. There will be no split over leadership.”

The Congress leader also said that the Governor had informed them on her call on Parrikar at the AIIMS on Tuesday.

“The Governor said that she met the Chief Minister at AIIMS and enquired about his health,” Kavlekar said, when asked if the Governor was informed about Parrikar’s health condition.

The current political crisis has arisen in Goa after the ailing Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, was airlifted to the national capital’s top hospital.

Parrikar has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and now Delhi since February, when his illness was diagnosed, inviting criticism from the Opposition and civil society, which has demanded that he should resign to make way for a fully fit Chief Minister who could efficiently discharge his official duties.

The BJP high command is in the process of finding an alternative leader in absence of Parrikar, even as allies are demanding a bigger role in governance, some even eyeing the Chief Minister’s post.

The Congress is the single-largest party in the 40-member Goa Assembly with 16 MLAs, while the BJP with 14 MLAs is supported by three members each of Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, a Nationalist Congress Party legislator and three independent MLAs.

What queers the pitch in the number game, however, is the health conditions of three BJP MLAs.

While Parrikar is afflicted by cancer, Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza too is currently undergoing treatment for cancer in New York. Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar, who suffered from a brainstroke some months back, is bed-ridden at his private residence near Panaji.

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Bihar Poll: Will Fill 10 Lakh Vacancies Soon After Returning To Power: Tejashwi Yadav

“Neighbouring Jharkhand has a domicile law; Madhya Pradesh has 100 per cent domicile law, and so do others. Why has he not implemented this law in Bihar? Does he have any explanation?”

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday promised that if his party returned to power after the Bihar Assembly elections, over 10 lakh government vacancies in different departments would be filled within two months.

He also accused the Nitish Kumar government of neglecting the youths of Bihar.

“As a result, job scarcity is at its highest in state. He is unable to fill 4.5 lakh vacancies in different departments. Besides, vacant posts of supporting staffs are even more,” the Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly told the media here.

“If we calculate, over 10 lakh posts are lying vacant in various departments. Besides, opportunities to create jobs in industries and unorganised sectors are also possible,” Tejashwi said.

“As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), one doctor is required for every 1,000 people. Accordingly, 1.25 lakh doctors are required for 12 crore people of the state. Besides, around 2 lakh support staff like nurses, lab technicians and Group D employees are needed. As many as 50,000 posts of teachers and 75,000 Junior Engineers will be filled. In Bihar police, over 50,000 posts are vacant,” he added.

He also claimed that law and order in Bihar was at its worse. “When the RJD was part of the state government for 15 months, I was the Deputy CM… the crime graph had gone down during that period.”

Playing the regional card, Tejashwi said that he had earlier advocated the implementation of the domicile law in Bihar but the Chief Minister did not agree.

“Neighbouring Jharkhand has a domicile law; Madhya Pradesh has 100 per cent domicile law, and so do others. Why has he not implemented this law in Bihar? Does he have any explanation?”

The RJD leader also took a dig at Nitish Kumar’s claims on ‘sushasan’ (good governance), asking if he was denying that 60 scams had taken place during his rule. “Srijan scam, paddy scam, Saat Nischay scam etc took place… I want to ask Nitishji about the recovery of money from offenders. How much money did he manage to recover from scamsters? Does he have the guts to reveal the amount in public domain?” Tejashwi said.

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Congress names two candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly bypolls

The dates for the by-elections to the eight assembly seats have not yet been announced but it is believed that they would be held around the same time as the Bihar Assembly elections.

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Lucknow, Sep 27 : The Congress has announced candidates for two of the total eight Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats where by-elections are due.

The party has named Aarti Vajpayee as its candidate from the Bangarmau assembly seat. The seat fell vacant following the disqualification of sitting BJP member Kuldeep Sengar who was convicted in a rape case last year.

The Congress has named Haider Ali Khan on the Suar assembly seat in Rampur district. This seat fell vacant following the disqualification of Samajwadi Party’s sitting member Abdullah Azam who had allegedly forged his birth documents.

The Congress is the first party to announce candidates on two assembly seats.

The dates for the by-elections to the eight assembly seats have not yet been announced but it is believed that they would be held around the same time as the Bihar Assembly elections.

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Congress’s Kumari Selja dares JJP to leave alliance with BJP in Haryana

Her statement comes in the wake of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal leaving it in protest over the Bills.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : In a bid to corner the Jannayak Janta Party, Haryana Congress President Kumari Selja on Sunday dared it to leave the alliance partner BJP in the state to protest against the three agriculture-related Bills even as the opposition party announced protests by PCCs on Monday.

“The JJP led by Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala should quit the alliance in Haryana if he is serious on the farmer issues. The soul of Devi Lalji (Chautala’s great-grandfather) must be crying on the farmers’ plight,” she said while addressing a press conference virtually.

Her statement comes in the wake of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal leaving it in protest over the Bills.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said: “As an extension of our concerted opposition to these anti-farmer Bills, the PCCs will hold protests on September 28. Pradesh Congress Committee Presidents, CLP leaders (CMs in Congress-ruled states) along with all MPs, MLAs, ex-Ministers, ex-MPs will walk from respective PCC offices or designated points like Mahatma Gandhi’s statues in different state Capitals to the Raj Bhavans and submit to the Governors memorandums addressed to the President of India on these Bills.”

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar alleged that the BJP had adopted diversionary tactics to shift focus away from farmer issues and misusing the Narcotics Control Bureau for the purpose.

The Congress claimed that the marginal farmers would be affected the most by the proposed laws. “If the government is so serious about the MSPs, why is it not putting it on the statute? They are only talking about the MSP due to Bihar Assembly elections as the Bihar model to scrap the MSP has failed.”

The party reiterated its allegation that the Bills intended to scrap the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism and abolish Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, which would render a big blow to farmers who contributed immensely to the Indian economy even during COVID pandemic.

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