MGP wants ZP polls ‘rescheduled’

Panaji: A senior leader of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, on Friday, demanded with the state government to reschedule the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections, in view of the ‘examination season’ which will be over only by April 20.

Dhavalikar said that keeping the interest of students in
mind, the crucial examination season should be taken into consideration and not
the public festivals like Carnival and Shigmotsav for postponing the elections.

Addressing a press conference, the MGP leader and former deputy chief
minister said that there is no logic behind government’s decision in
rescheduling the elections because of Carnival and Shigmo when the student community
is preparing for their exams, which will get over by April 20, and added that
if the elections are held during the examination season it will put students
and teachers to great hardship, and hence the crucial examination season be
taken into consideration and ZP polls be rescheduled

after April 20.

The state government has recently postponed the ensuing
ZP elections by a week, to be held on March 22.

He also suspected a foul play by the government as “it is
delaying the announcement of reservations,” and demanded to announce the
reserved ZP constituencies by February 17.

“I don’t understand as to why the government is delaying
in finalising the reservation of seats for the ZP elections, without which we
will not be able to finalise our candidates and prepare them for contesting the
polls. Time is taken by the government to announce the reservation, which is
deliberately done to give short time period to the opposition to field their
candidates,” he alleged.

Speaking on Mhadei issue, Dhavalikar said that “the Congress
and the BJP worked together ‘hand in glove’ to divert water to Karnataka. I now
neither have any trust in BJP nor in the Congress party to stop Mhadei water
diversion because the Congress RS member B K Hariprasad demanded that the
environmental clearance be given to Karnataka government for the Kalasa-Banduri
project.”

“The MGP will continue to fight on its own and make
people aware about the crisis to be faced due to water diversion. We will stage
demonstrations in Sankhali, Priol, St Cruz, Pernem, Ponda, Mapusa, Mandrem and
Tivim and hold candle march rally in Panaji in the months of April and May,” he
said.

He further said that “the MGP, which has begun an
agitation for creating awareness on the issue, could not stage a protest march
to the Assembly complex during the recently concluded session due to the sudden
arrest of our opposition MLA, and in protest we remained absent during the
budget session that helped the government to pass the Private University Bill
without

any discussion.”

He also blamed the government for the total collapse of
law and order in state over “the poor investigation in Prakash Naik death case
and now with the recent incident of rioting and holding hostage the staff and
guests at La Calypso hotel

in Calangute.”

Source:: The Navhind Times

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