Goa Forward Party (GFP) president and former deputy chief
minister Vijai Sardesai on Saturday accused Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of
attempting to destroy the legacy of former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar
by dropping BJP’s ally from cabinet to induct ten Congress MLAs into the party.
He termed the ongoing developments a political rape of
Goa and said BJP is promoting the “aaya ram, gaya ram” culture by backstabbing
its allies and inducting Congress MLAs into the party.
Addressing a gathering along with Goa Forward Party MLAs
Vinod Palyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte at
Parrikar’s cremation site, Sardesai said BJP has cheated and backstabbed its
allies who were instrumental in forming government in 2017 as well as soon
after the death of Parrikar.
“We will now play the role of a watchdog and see that all
the policies and decisions taken are in the interest of Goans. We are not
disappointed with such action. On the contrary, I am overjoyed that my two MLAs
will now get the real hand on actual vocal legislature. We will not make any
attempt to destabilise the government but we will also not support this
government,” Sardesai said.
The GFP leader said, “Parrikar died twice, once on March
17 physically, while today it is the death of his political legacy. We will not
allow the government to finish Parrikar’s legacy.”
“Two days before Parrikar died, I had gone to meet him
and I asked him what was in his mind regarding the future. While replying, he
was bleeding from his lungs. Manohar Parrikar asked me to support the
government for the full term of five years, whether he is there or not. And
this is the only reason I supported the BJP. I was even offered chief
minister’s post by the opposition, but I stood by my word,” Sardesai said.
Comparing Parrikar to Soviet dictator Stalin, Sardesai
said, “When Stalin died in Russia, there was a period under Khruschev called
de-Stalinisation, when Stalin’s legacy was undone. This is going on in Goa.”
“The central leadership of the BJP lacked courage to ask
me to resign and I wanted to see which central BJP leader had the moral
authority to ask me to resign from the government,” Sardesai went on to claim and
said that he did not receive any communication from the central leaders of BJP
regarding their removal from the cabinet. “This is backstabbing,” he said.
Porvorim MLA and former minister Rohan Khaunte, who has
also been dropped from the cabinet, said that BJP, which claims to be a party
with a difference, has shown that it is actually different from others by
stooping so low to circumvent democracy.
Goa Forward Party MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar came down heavily
on BJP for inducting Congress MLAs and said it is a tight slap on each and
every BJP worker. He denied that he was an arrogant minister. “I think to refer
to me as an arrogant minister one will have to redefine the meaning of the
Goa Forward Party MLA Vinod Palyekar also challenged the
government to implement a complete ban on LED light fishing and bull trawling.
He said that this could not be possible in the last two and half years.
Source:: The Navhind Times