The Opposition in Goa led by Congress today staged a walkout from the state Legislative Assembly claiming that the ruling benches were hijacking the Question Hour and scuttling their attempt to expose the state government.
The opposition MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Pratapsinh Rane walked out mid-way during the Question Hour.
During the Question Hour, BJP MLAs Subhash Faldesai, Nilesh Cabral, Glenn Ticlo and Siddharth Kuncolienkar posted questions to Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar.
A question on beach cleaning was tabled jointly by Congress legislator Digamber Kamat, Alexio Lourenco Reginaldo and unattached MLA Atanasio Monserrate .
Another question on land allotment for Housing Board in South Goa was listed by independent MLA Vijai Sardesai, Kamat and Monserratte.
During the Question Hour, the Congress MLAs opposed the lengthy replies being given by Parulekar.
“Is this Assembly session only to ask questions on Casinos? You (Congress) introduced casinos and now you only are asking questions. I want to know what is happening in my constituency,” Faldessai told the Assembly after Opposition benches started making noise.
Other BJP MLAs joined Faldesai, but opposition benches without retaliating staged a walkout.
Later the MLAs told reporters that, “two important questions on beach cleanliness and housing board scams were listed during the Question Hour, which would have exposed the state government”.
“This was a well planned move by the ruling (benches). They wanted to hijack the session to ensure those government misdeeds are not exposed. It was a planned delay tactics,” alleged Sardesai.