Several social activists and opposition leaders marched to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar residence at Dona Paula, near Panaji, last night, demanding his resignation and seeking a `full-time’ chief minister. They deplored that the governance in the state had suffered as Parrikar was ill and remained hospitalised for more than nine months.
The people, who came together under the banner of ‘People’s March For Restoration of Governance’, marched for about 1 km, and gave an “ultimatum” of 48 hours to Parrikar to step down as chief minister. However, Chief Minister refused to meet them citing his `ill-health’.
Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar, former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Goa unit chief of Shiv Sena Jitesh Kamat leaders and social activists were part of the march. They were stopped by police personnel nearly 300 meters from Mr. Parrikar’s private residence.
On behalf of the protesters, Aires Rodrigues, social activist and the leader of the protest march, gave an “ultimatum” of 48 hours to Parrikar to step down. He said the people who marched to the CM’s residence had also come to check on his health condition. Rodrigues warned of launching a statewide agitation in case Parrikar does not step down within 48 hours.
“We see a general deterioration of law and order as you the Chief Minister/Home Minister is sick and there is complete paralysis and indecision in the administration in Goa,” Rodrigues added. Parrikar, 62, has been recuperating at his private residence since October 14 when he was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had earlier said Parrikar was suffering from pancreatic cancer.