Six BJP MLAs ready to sacrifice their seat for their ‘bhai’

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seems to have several options before him to contest the upcoming by-elections, with as many as six BJP legislators offering to quit, making way for their ‘bhai’. The State will be going for by-polls within next five months. Parrikar, who stepped down as the Union Defence Minister last month and subsequently resigned as the Rajya Sabha…

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Government does not have the choice to fix the date after the expiry of the term of Panchayat: Timble

The State Election Commission is duty bound to conduct timely elections to Panchayats and it cannot abdicate this statutory and Constitutional obligation says Prabhakar Timble, former State Election Commissioner of Goa. His comment comes in view of the declaration of Panchayat elections on 25th June. He further said that SEC should immediately approach the Governor, the authority charged to defend the…

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Congress opposes dates for Panchayat polls

A day after State government announced to hold panchayat elections on June 25, the Congress party protested against postponement of the polls- which were suppose to be held in mid-May. In a representation submitted to the State Election Commission, Congress state President Luizinho Faleiro has accused BJP-led coalition government of trying to “manipulate the tenets of democracy” by putting…

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Panchayat elections on June 25

Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the elections for all the 186 panchayat bodies would be held on June 25, though the five year tenure of all the bodies would end on May 20. “The elections for the panchayat bodies would be held on June 25. We have also decided to reduce the canvassing period from…

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Vishwajit Rane gets going; first to incubate ‘108’ ambulances

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has decided to first treat ailing 108 ambulance service in the State which was introduced by him during his earlier tenure. The service which was known for saving hundreds of life is now in shambles which has evoked strong reaction from the minister. He has asked the management officials to be changed along with little more…

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Common Minimum Programme to be launched before Statehood Day

The BJP-led coalition government has zeroed upon ‘sab ka sath sab ka vikas with Goenkarpon’ as their slogan for its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) – the process to draft which has begun on Wednesday. With a focus on providing ‘sensitive’ and ‘responsible’ government to the people of Goa, the coalition government comprising of- BJP, MGP, Goa Forward Party (GFP) and…

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Susegad! Wait for new regional plan to be longer now

Panaji: It is now confirmed that the finalisation and implementation of the much awaited and long pending Regional Plan 2021 (RP21) will be delayed further, with State government now toying up with the new concept of incentivising the efforts to retain the old houses or green patches in the State as part of the land use plan. Chief Minister Manohar…

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Parrikar and his cabinet gives up red beacon on official cars

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today gave away red beacon from his official car, while asking all the cabinet ministers to also follow him. “The Chief minister has removed red beacon from his official car. The instructions are also issued to all the cabinet ministers to remove it from their official car,” a senior official from chief minister’s office said. Union…

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Silent Revolution at the Grassroots

Today there is growing consensus that women must play a greater role in the political affairs of the country. They have to be involved in the decision making processes of the government at various levels. A major breakthrough was made through the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India in 1992 which introduced 33 percent reservation for women at grassroots…

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Pratapsinh Rane not to campaign against Vishwajit

Congress veteran Pratapsingh Rane has decided to distance himself from party’s campaigning against his son-party rebel and Minister in the BJP-led coalition Government- Vishwajit during the forthcoming by-polls for the Valpoi constituency- that will take place in next five months. On the other hand, the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) that met on Tuesday morning has resolved that all its 16 MLAs will…

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