Deputy Speaker, Goa Legislative Assembly and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said if he is given the opportunity to become the Chief Minister, he would take all stakeholders into confidence before taking decisions which impact state economy, unlike incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Lobo also told reporters here that Parrikar,who is currently ailing with advanced pancreatic cancer, had taken a unilateral decision to suspend mining leases in 2012 which led to a prolonged impasse in the sector and two Supreme Court bans on all ore excavation and transportation in the coastal state. “If I am given an opportunity in the near future to become Chief Minister, I will ensure that major decisions will be made after taking stakeholders into confidence. In 2012, when Parrikar suspended mining, none of us knew such a decision would be taken and see what damage it has caused to Goa,” Lobo said.
His comment comes at a time when a group of mining dependents are protesting at Delhi’s Ramlila grounds,demanding resumption of mining which was banned — for the second time in the last six years — by the Supreme Court in February, while singling out the state government for irregularities in renewal of mining leases. Lobo’s criticism of Parrikar comes on the ailing Chief Minister’s 63rd birthday, which is being celebrated by the state BJP in the absence of the former Defence Minister, who has not moved out of his private residence for official chores since October 14. Lobo also said that while Parrikar is his “political guru”, the BJP leader as a Chief Minister has failed to sufficiently address key issues like employment, lack of which he said was creating a crisis of sorts among the youth of Goa.
Stop asking for votes in the name of religion
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and Deputy Speaker of Goa assembly Michael Lobo has reacted sharply to the results of assembly elections in the five states stating that this is a signal to the party to stop asking for votes in the name of religion. Lobo said that when leaders lose contact with the party workers or ‘karyakartas’, the results of elections resemble that of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh assemblies. “In Goa, we saw exactly these things in the 2017 assembly elections. The ministers who lost the last assembly election had an air and neglected the grassroots level workers of the party,” he said. He said that the overall changes done with regard to the Goods and Services Tax(GST) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi were a big failure and due to them businessmen in the country were suffering. “The central government should bring down GST to 12 per cent from 18 per cent for businessmen,” he said.
The Calangute legislator said that the government has to bring in major reforms in sectors like education and business for the economy to grow in the state and the country. He also said that it is time for the party to stop asking for votes in the name of religion and caste.