Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar announces plunge into electoral politics

Panaji, Nov 12 (IANS): In what could be a worrying sign for the Goa BJP, former state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, an arch rival of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Sunday announced his plunge into electoral politics.

The announcement comes at a time when the the state BJP as well as the BJP-led coalition government in Goa are facing immense flak over the continuance of ailing Parrikar as Chief Minister despite being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer for the last nine months.

“I will be actively working for the Goa Suraksha Manch,” Velingkar told reporters in Panaji.

Asked if he would be contesting the upcoming by-polls in Goa’s Shiroda and Mandrem constituencies which have been necessitated due to resignations of Congress MLAs from both seats, Velingkar said the decision would be taken at “the appropriate time”.

He also said that considering the political chaos in the state, following Parrikar’s illness and comfortable numbers in the Assembly still eluding the BJP, the Goa Assembly would be dissolved and fresh polls would be announced in Goa along with Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

Velingkar, 66, has served as the state Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief for more than two decades and is considered responsible for the political grooming of the state BJP’s top leaders including Parrikar, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik and former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

He was sacked from the RSS in 2016 after he took on Parrikar, who Velingkar accused of backstabbing the principles of both the Sangh as well as BJP.

Velingkar later founded and mentored the Goa Suraksha Manch, a right-wing conservative political party which considers the BJP its key rival.

Source: IANS

Ban beef to cure CM: Manohar Parrikar suffering from cancer because he didn’t ban beef in Goa, says Swami Chakrapani

While the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, the leader of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, has said that beef ban must immediately be put in place in Goa.

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According to him, this will have a positive impact on the health of the ailing Chief Minister.

He even went one step ahead to say that the CM is suffering from cancer because he didn’t totally ban beef in Goa. “If Parrikar had to ban beef earlier, he would not be in the situation he is in today,” the leader of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj

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This bizarre demand by Chakrapani comes close after the news of CM Manohar Parrikar being at an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer.

Earlier this week, Union Minister Shripad Naik said that a “change in leadership is required” considering the health of the incumbent minister.

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The state is currently reeling under the absence of the Chief Minister. Parrikar recently chaired a cabinet meeting at his house after a gap of almost three months. He is currently recuperating at his residence in Goa following his discharge from AIIMS in New Delhi on October 14.

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“Beef ban in Goa will cure Parrikar. It will have a positive impact on his health,” Chakrapani said.

This is contradictory to Goa CM Parrikar’s remarks who defended and backed the bee traders earlier this year.

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The CM also warned that anyone who tries to stop the legal import of beef into the state would be punished. This was a response to cow vigilantes in the state, who were creating hurdles in the import of cattle into the State.

Swami Chakrapani has been in the news earlier as well for his controversial remarks.

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During the time of Kerala floods, Chakrapani also made a statement regarding the consumption of beef in relation to the reason for floods.

He further said that the people who eat beef must not get any help in the state and must be left to perish.

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The flood-hit victims must submit an affidavit that they will never eat beef again, only then should they be provided with any help.

Change of leadership required in Goa due to Manohar Parrikar’s failing health: Union Minister Shripad Naik

Panaji: A change in leadership in Goa is a “requirement” “today or tomorrow” considering the health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Union Minister Shripad Naik. Parrikar has been undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment for several months now and arrived in the state on October 14 post hospitalization at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, PTI reported.

Speaking at the sidelines of a press conference to announce International Yoga Day Naik said that change in the leadership is a requirement, today or tomorrow as the CM’s health is not well.

There has been a constant chatter about a change in leadership in the state but the BJP has consistently ruled it out.

Naik is perhaps the first BJP leaders from Goa to demand a change of leadership. Parrikar, who is in an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer, is currently on bed rest at his residence in Dona Paula, Goa. According to media inputs, the CM hasn’t attended his office at Porvorim since June.

BJP allies in the state, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), have already clarified that they will support the coalition till Manohar Parrikar remains the chief minister.

The BJP has 14 legislators in the 40-member Goa Assembly and has received the support of three MLAs each of MGP and GFP, apart from three Independent legislators. It’s critical for the saffron party to have the support of MGP and GFP to survive as it needs at least 21 MLAs to remain in power in the coastal state.

Sooner or later, Parrikar has to go: Shripad Naik

Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s leadership will have to be changed “today or tomorrow”, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik said on Friday, according to an IANS report.

Naik also said that in view of Parrikar’s ill-health, dropping him as the Chief Minister was a “requirement” and a “compulsion” for the BJP leadership. Sooner or later, Parrikar has to go, he said.

“Change will have to be done today or tomorrow. It is a requirement. You know the Chief Minister’s health is not good. But he is still working in this condition,” Naik told mediapersons in Panaji.

Naik is one of the first Goa BJP leaders to demand a change of leadership in Goa even as the state BJP as well as members of the BJP-led coalition have come under immense flak over the Chief Minister’s prolonged absence due to his illness.

Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months.

He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence, for any official event since.

The opposition has been demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to Parrikar’s absence.

To a question, as to whether it was fair to let an unwell Parrikar to handle administrative matters despite his illness, Naik said: “There are many reasons, which cannot be fully talked about. Thing will happen in time.”

Naik also said that he would take the lead to patch up differences among top BJP leaders, including former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, who have openly rebelled against the decision taken by state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar and Parrikar to induct two Congress MLAs into the BJP.

with inputs from IANS

Dassault paid Anil Ambani Rs 284 crore as kickback: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that French jet maker Dassault Aviation paid kickbacks to Indian industrialist Anil Ambani who bagged the offset contract in the 36 Rafale aircraft deal in April 2015.

Addressing his sixth press conference on the matter at AICC headquarters, Gandhi said Dassault CEO claims Ambani got the offset contract because he had the land for the company but “he lied”.

“It turns out Dassault invested Rs 284 crore in Anil Ambani’s company worth Rs 8.30 lakh valuation. It was with this money that Ambani bought the land needed for the company. Dassault CEO is lying and the question is why he paid this amount to a loss making firm? This is the first tranche of kickbacks given to Anil Ambani by Dassault and this is clear as day,” Gandhi alleged.

On a query about the government saying everything is above board in the deal, Gandhi said HAL had more land than Ambani but was sidelined. He asked why.

“Ambani bought land with the money Dassault gave him. Why is Dassault CEO lying? Who is he protecting? There is only one person he is protecting and that is PM Narendra Modi. This is clear cut 100 per cent open and shut case of corruption. Rs 284 crore has gone into Ambani’s account for absolutely no logical reason other than a kickback,” Gandhi said, adding that the PM “cannot survive an inquiry in the matter which was why the CBI chief was removed as he was looking at these papers”.

He reiterated the demand of a joint parliamentary committee probe into the deal.

“Modi is terrified. Rafale is open and shut case and one of partnership between Modi and Ambani. Fact is Ambani didn’t pay for the land — Dassault did. The CBI chief was looking at these papers. It is obvious that there is enough material in the public domain to nail Modi and the CBI chief was removed,” said Gandhi.

On the question of SC asking for pricing details of the jet, Gandhi said the French President had told him privately that pricing was not covered by a secret pact.

“I keep saying Rafale is an open and shut case of corruption because the deal was negotiated for a decade. Modi personally, not ex-Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, changed everything,” Gandhi added.

Source: The Tribune

My life is in danger, I may be raided by CBI, ED, IT or booked under NSA: Francis D’souza

BJP MLA from Goa, and former Deputy CM Francis D’Souza, said that if he were to criticize his party he might be raided by enforcement agencies including the CBI and his life may be in danger.

Until recently, D’Souza was the law minister in Manohar Parrikar’s cabinet, before he was shunted out due to his ill-health.

D’Souza told NDTV, “I might get raided by Income Tax, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED), or I may be even booked under the National Security Act for speaking against the party.” He also said there could be a threat to his life, if he criticized the party high command.

D’Souza alleged that in 2017, Ramesh Tawadkar, a fellow BJP member and former sports minister in the cabinet of then BJP chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, had been raided by the IT department when he had complained about not receiving a ticket for the 2017 Goa assembly elections. He said that Parsekar had also been raided similarly.

However, D’Souza has said that he was not contemplating resigning as an MLA.

The BJP government has been accused of misusing law enforcement agencies to intimidate political rivals.

Previously, Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India party and a BJP critic had said that the his sister’s hospital was raided to silence him.

Similarly, several AAP lawmakers, including minister Kailash Gehlot, have been at the receiving end of raids by the income tax department.

with inputs from NDTV

Yes, Manohar Parrikar has cancer but he is improving, says Goa BJP State President Vinay Tendulkar

Admitting that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is suffering from pancreatic cancer, Goa State BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar reiterated that the CM is recovering and there is no need for him to step down.

“The Health Minister has announced that Parrikar has cancer and I am not denying that but the fact is he is improving,” Tendulkar said.

A few days ago he had stated that CM would start work in November, but now said that CM will begin work from Tuesday. “Tomorrow (Tuesday), I am told, he is chairing IPB meet and cabinet the day after, so that means he is improving,” Tendulkar stated.

When suggested that shouldn’t CM be given rest to recover from the serious ailment, Tendulkar said, “It is for him and family to decide. But he is improving and I don’t think he should step aside.”

On why the party was hiding facts of the illness, he replied, “We never lied. We always said it was a pancreatic ailment and we did not want to get into specifics and I am not well versed with medical terms.”

Source: Herald

Goa Congress says Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar no more?

PANAJI: According to an IANS report, Congress on Monday said that ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has not been seen in public since October 14, may be no more, drawing a sharp rebuttal from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Yes, we are taking that call. It is an extreme call that the honourable Chief Minister may not be there at all,” Congress spokesperson Jitendra Deshprabhu told the media here.

Parrikar has not had a single public appearance since his return from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and is currently bedridden at his private residence, which party sources said has been converted into a sophisticated medical facility, with doctors and para-medical staff on 24-hour duty.

The Congress alleged that a coterie of officials around the Chief Minister was “illegally” taking decisions in his “absence”.

The BJP called the statement a result of Congress “frustration” and accused the party of lowering the political discourse.

On October 27, soon after Health Minister Vishwajit Rane for the first time officially revealed that Parrikar was suffering from pancreatic cancer, the Chief Minister’s Office said that Parrikar was expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Wednesday at his private residence.

Deshprabhu told reporters that the BJP and the BJP-led coalition should prove to the people of Goa that Parrikar was alive.

The Congress leader also accused the media of trying to play down the severity of Parrikar’s ailment.

Goa BJP General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade said that “Deshprabhu must be frustrated if he is making statements like this”.

Source: IANS

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar To Chair Two Meetings At His Residence Next Week

PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will chair two official meetings at his private residence in Panaji next week, an official in the chief minister’s office said today.

Since he was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi and returned to the state on October 14, Mr Parrikar has been recuperating at his residence.

The agenda of the cabinet meeting, to be held at 5 pm on October 31, is yet to be decided, the official said.

He will also chair a meeting of the Investment Promotion Board (IPB) at his residence on October 30 during which certain investment proposals would be discussed, the official added.

The Goa chief minister is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi.

Source: PTI

Goa Congress To Move Court Against Party Defectors Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte

Panaji: The Congress Party is exploring the possibility of moving Court against two of his MLAs, praying that the party defectors be barred from contesting elections for atleast six years.

Two Congress MLAs- Subhash Shirodkar from Shiroda and Dayanand Sopte from Mandrem had resigned from the party and as MLAs to join the BJP on October 16.

Congress spokesperson Jitendra Deshprabhu said that the party is exploring legal course by way of moving Court against the two former MLAs.

“The legal team is working on it. We will plead before the Court for a ban of at least six years from contesting the election. The party defectors need to be punished,” he said.

Meanwhile, the party has also threatened to move Court if government fails to release a health bulletin of the ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Deshprabhu demanded that a video message of Parrikar that he is fit and is proper condition to walk and talk be released to the public.