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Goa’s MGP petitions High Court, says Manohar Parrikar, two other BJP MLAs terminally ill

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Panaji, Nov 20: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, a part of the BJP-led ruling alliance in Goa, has filed a petition before the High Court saying that three BJP legislators including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were terminally ill and in no position to attend the assembly session if convened for a floor test.

The petition, which was filed before the Panaji Bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday and released to the media on Tuesday, also alleges that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had triggered defections from the Congress to ensure that it could not claim a majority and a right to form the government.

The petition, filed by Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Satyawan Palkar, also requested the court to set aside Goa Speaker Pramod Sawant’s order accepting the resignations of two former Congress MLAs (who subsequently joined the BJP) and also debar them from contesting any elections for six years.

“After the government formation, CM Manohar Parrikar has remained terminally ill and was hospitalised, either abroad, or in New Delhi as well as in Goa Medical College. Two other (former) Ministers namely, Francisco D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar, have also remained terminally ill and hospitalised for almost a year,” says the petition in which the Election Commission of India, Chief Electoral Officer, Goa, Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Secretary Legislature and former Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte have been named as respondents.

“Another MLA Jose Luis Carlos Almeida, representing Vasco-da-Gama Constituency from Bharatiya Janata Party, also continues to be ill. With the sickness of the aforesaid elected representatives, the political situation in Goa continues to be fluid,” the petition stated.

MGP leader Palkar, through his petition, said that none of the MLAs battling illness can attend the assembly proceedings, even if convened.

The ruling combine does not want power to be transferred to the Congress at any cost. They have taken such steps, whereby the Congress cannot claim majority and a right to form the government in the state.

The ruling BJP wants to either increase its number of seats in the assembly or go in for fresh elections, the petition said.

Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months. He returned from New Delhi’s All-India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence, for any official event since.

The BJP and the Congress currently have 14 MLAs each in the 38-member state assembly, while the MGP and Goa Forward (both ruling allies) have three MLAs each.

The state assembly also has three independent MLAs and one MLA from the Nationalist Congress Party, all of whom support the treasury benches.

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Election results setback for Modi, Shah: CPI-M

The editorial pointed out that overall, the results of the Assembly elections “are a setback for the BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : The results of Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland are a setback for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, the CPI-M has said, warning that the BJP may be tempted now to whip up more communal frenzy.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” also warned the Congress to immediately address the problems of agrarian distress and employment generation in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

“They cannot afford to take a soft attitude to communal activities and must crack down on cow vigilantism and mob lynching,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

The editorial pointed out that overall, the results of the Assembly elections “are a setback for the BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

“It provides the much needed momentum for the forthcoming battle in the Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP,” it added.

The results of the elections in the three BJP-ruled states have a national significance, it said.

“The defeat has dented the image of invincibility around the Modi-Shah duo which has been assiduously built up by the BJP… They have proved to be ineffective in their own traditional strongholds.”

The editorial also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been increasingly losing by-elections, reflecting “the growing discontent among the people against the Modi government at the Centre and the BJP-ruled state governments”.

At the same time, it faulted the Congress for trying to borrow some issues from the Hindutva platform. This, it said, did not get them any electoral benefits.

But it warned that the BJP had still got a substantial vote share — 41 per cent in Madhya Pradesh and 38.8 per cent in Rajasthan. In the former it was 0.1 per cent ahead of the Congress vote share and just 0.5 per cent less than the Congress share in Rajasthan.

“This underlines the scope for a BJP recovery if there is a slight swing in its favour. It also points to the likely possibility of the BJP-RSS combine stepping up its communal agenda in the coming days in view of the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Manohar Parrikar’s sons offer prayers on his birthday

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Panaji, Dec 13: Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons celebrated his 63rd birthday on Thursday by offering prayers at a popular temple here.

Parrikar’s sons were accompanied by former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar and several other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers to the Mahalaxmi temple, after which a blood donation camp was organised at the party’s state headquarters here.

“Holding a blood donation camp is our Chief Minister’s tradition on his birthday. We are following it,” Kuncalienkar told the media.

Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has not moved out of his private residence since October 14, was however not present.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah also wished Parrikar on Twitter.

“Wishing a very happy birthday to the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri @manoharparrikar ji. His passion and commitment towards the development of Goa is truly great, I pray for his good health,” Shah tweeted.

State Congress president Girish Chodankar also wished the Chief Minister “good health”.

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I’ll live and die in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Bhopal, Dec 13: Outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said that ” I will not go to the centre, I’ll live in and die in Madhya Pradesh.

His remarks come a day after, Chouhan resigned from his post following a nail-biting defeat in the State.

Taking moral responsibility for the defeat in the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, the outgoing Chief Minister yesterday stated that the BJP will now play the role of a “vigilant and constructive opposition”.

In the recently held assembly elections, the Congress fell two short of the halfway mark when it won 114 seats and the BJP secured 109 seats.

Though, with the support of three MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and four Independents, the Congress is all set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

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