Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today sought an apology from Goa CM Manohar Parrikar for "cheating the people of the state", and asked him to thank Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for "aggressive MLA buying", thus helping him form the government in the coastal state.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today sought an apology from Goa CM Manohar Parrikar for “cheating the people of the state”, and asked him to thank Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for “aggressive MLA buying”, thus helping him form the government in the coastal state. “Shame on you Mr Parrikar and your hunger for Power. You have cheated the People of Goa. Apologise to them,” he said on Twitter. His remarks came a day after the Goa Chief Minister took a dig at him by thanking him for the government formation in the state. Singh said Parrikar should instead thank Nitin Gadkari for doing “aggressive MLA buying”. “Manohar Parrikar thanks me for letting him form Govt in Goa. If he has to thank anyone, it is Nitin Gadkari who did aggressive MLA shopping on 12th March early morning from an hotel in Goa. “And the Goa Governor who violated the Constitution, Sarkaria Commission guideline and the Supreme Court…and robbed the mandate of people of Goa,” he said in a series of tweets.
Manohar Parrikar on Friday had taunted Congress leader Digvijay Singh in the Rajya Sabha as he made a brief appearance there.
He said he wanted to thank Singh, who is in-charge of the Congress party’s affairs in Goa, “because he was roaming around in Goa and I was able to form the Government in Goa.”
The remarks came during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, where Parrikar is still a member and had gone to thank other members for their cooperation during his stint as the Defence Minister.
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Parrikar spoke amid the din created by the Congress members who started protesting as soon as he entered the House.
“Sir, we cannot allow him. He killed democracy in Goa,” Singh shouted pointing towards Parrikar.
Several other Congress members also shouted slogans while the BJP members thumped their tables to support Parrikar.
“I thank Deputy Chairman (P J Kurien) and others for supporting me as Raksha Mantri,” Parrikar said.
However, Singh and other Congress members continued to protest, saying, “Sir, he has stolen the mandate of Goa. We will not allow him to speak.”
As the Zero Hour made way for the Question Hour, Singh was heard saying, “Sir, he has stolen the mandate of the people of Goa. You have murdered democracy in Goa. He has no right to speak in this House,” he said.
Many Congress members, including Rajiv Gowda, Rajni Patil and Husain Dalwai even rushed to the Well of the House to protest against Parrikar.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi quipped that Parrikar had covnveyed his special thanks to Digvijay Singh.
In Goa, the Congress had emerged as the largest party after the recently held polls but the BJP led by Parrikar managed to form the government with the support of other parties.