Goa Governors decision cannot be questioned govt

New Delhi, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
Justifying Goa Governor SC Jamirs decision to dismiss the BJP government, the Pratapsinh Rane-headed Congress government has told the Supreme Court that the legality of the Governors decision, taken within his discretionary jurisdiction, could not be questioned.

The affidavit was filed by the Rane government in response to the SCs notice to it on February 21 on a petition filed by ousted chief minister Manohar Parrikar, challenging the legality of the Governors decision immediately after it had won the motion of confidence in the House under controversial circumstances. Mr Parrikars petition has been listed for hearing on Monday.

The new government, sworn in within hours of the Parrikar governments dismissal, stated that the Governor was aware of the manner in which the trust vote was passed and was fully justified in dismissing a government, which though in minority, managed to win through illegal means.

It also detailed the questionable method adopted by the Speaker, Vishwas Satarkar, to disqualify Independent MLA Felipe Nery Rodriguez, who had switched loyalties. Mr Rodriguez was immediately rewarded with the post of deputy chief minister.

When the petition came up for hearing on February 21, Mr Parrikar had even proposed to the Court to order a composite floor test to determine who enjoyed the majority support in the House.

Meanwhile, Mr Satarkar was yet to accept the resignation of BJP MLA Digamber Kamat, who claimed on Friday that he was frustrated as he was not consulted by the BJP on any issue.