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Governor's action premeditated, says Parrikar

By Anil Sastry

PANAJI, FEB. 11. The ousted Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, claimed that he had documentary evidence to prove that the action of Governor, S.C. Jamir, in dismissing his government was "premeditated."

"In fact, the decision to dismiss my government had been taken on February 1 itself, even before the Assembly was convened," he told reporters here this evening at the State unit's BJP headquarters. There was a little delay in gathering the documents, which held up filing of the writ petition before the Supreme Court today, he added.

Mr. Parrikar alleged that Mr. Jamir had created a "political vacuum" for five-and-a-half hours on February 2 when he "arbitrarily dismissed" the Government without asking the former to be caretaker Chief Minister. "It was only when the Advocate General opined that there cannot be any vacuum, Pratapsinh Rane was sworn in hurriedly," he claimed.

The malafide intention of the Governor was evident when he prorogued the House on February 2 at 6.45 p.m., Mr. Parrikar alleged. Quoting Article 174 (2) (a) of the Constitution, he said prorogation could be done only on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers, whereas on that day at that particular time, no Government existed.

Though the Governor's action in proroguing the House was not significant, Mr. Parrikar said it only showed his intention. "He perhaps feared that the Speaker would convene the Assembly the next day itself compelling Mr. Rane to seek a vote of confidence," he alleged.

Mr. Parrikar saidthe party would intensify its campaign against the Governor after the public meetings that are to be addressed by the BJP's senior leaders. The party would bring out VCDs featuring the Assembly proceedings, attempts by Congress members preventing Independent member Filipe Neri Rodrigues from moving out of the House and attacking the Marshal, and Mr. Rane sitting on the chair of the Speaker, he said.

Party spokesperson, Laximikant Parsekar, said senior leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Madan Lal Khurana, Venkaiah Naidu, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and L.K. Advani would participate in the campaign to be held at various towns in the State starting from Saturday.

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