Assembly session begins with Opposition's boycott in Goa

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Panaji, Jan 10 (UNI) The short winter session of the Goa Legislative Assembly today began with Governor S C Jamir addressing the House amid noisy protests and sloganeering by the Opposition BJP.

As the Governor started reading out his customary speech immediately after the House met for the first time in the New Year, Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar objected and said the House was yet to discuss the Governor's last year's address and get the Government's reply.

He said the Governor should go back while all other BJP members joined chorus with him, carrying placards stating ''Governor Go Back'' and ''Don't Misuse Security''.

The Opposition later staged a boycott in protest as the Governor went on reading out his speech for almost one hour stating that his government was committed to make Goa a ''model state''.

''Goa has a strong potential to emerge as a model state in the country. I am sure that you can and will achieve this goal and strive for the welfare of the common man,'' he told the House.

The House was adjourned for the day after transacting the government business as it reassembled half an hour after the Governor left the House.

As the Governor left Raj Bhawan for the Assembly at Porvorim Complex, a group of BJP workers waved black flags as the convoy passed the Patto Bridge asking him to go back.

Interacting with mediapersons later, Mr Parrikar said the Government was forced to spend Rs 4 crore on the Governor's security cover alone, which was a drain on the state's exchequer.

He further said the Governor, with political ambitions, was misusing Government funds for visiting Nagaland frequently at the expense of Goa's exchequer.

He alleged that the Governor was using ''discretionary funds'' for his trips to Nagaland.


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