Goan Adv Diya Shetkar demands CBI inquiry into fraudulent transactions of Shiroda Urban Co-op Society owned by BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar

According to a complaint filed with the Goa Lokayukta the Goa government had acquired 1.8 lakh square meters of orchard land in Shiroda from Subhash Shirodkar and his brothers or family members and related companies for a whopping Rs 70 crore “apparently with the blessings of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar” who approved the deal.

The land was purchased years ago by Subhash Shirodkar for only Rs 45 per square metre.

It has already been reported in the local media in Goa that the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) refused to purchase the land as they did not need it and hence CM Manohar Parrikar got the Industries department which is under him to make the purchase.

It is also already known how another land owner who had land in the vicinity had offered the government 1.4 lakh sqm of land for Rs 350 per sq meter, while the Goa government purchased land from Shirodkar for Rs 3500 per sq mtr.

Adv Diya Shetkar has demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning of the Shiroda Urban Co-op Society

Now it has come to light that almost the entire property which was purchased by the Goa Government from Subhash Shirodkar and his family members and relatives or the dummy and shell companies floated by him has or was already been mortgaged by people connected to Subhash Shirodkar and loans totally amounting to a principal amount of Rs 3 crore were obtained from the concerned co-operative society said social worker and Adv Diya Shetkar while speaking to media persons in Panaji today.

“The name of the entity is Shiroda Urban Co-operative Society which is owned by Subhash Shirodkar and others who are basically dummy or benami members on the board of the co-operative society.

The Co-op Society is completely controlled and managed by the Shirodkar family,” explained Shetkar.

It has already been reported in the media that part of the land was mortgaged by the credit society by employees of Shirodkar in return of a loan of Rs 10 lakh each.

Now according to research conducted by Adv Diya Shetkar and her team, information concerning the last 4-6 years obtained from Registrar of Societies, Balance Sheets which were somehow obtained, RBI records, ROC records etc., the rest of the property was also mortgaged to the Co-op Society and a total principal amount of Rs 3 crore was availed as a loan. The exact interest amount accrued on this loan is still not known, but we know that a huge amount is still outstanding to the society.

While the loan given to the 9 employees of Subhash Shirodkar was shown in the records, the rest of the loans given to his family members by the same entity is not officially shown as loan amounts.

According to a case filed by Social Activist Aires Rodrigues, in the Lokayukta, nine employees of Shirodkar have apparently shown the land in their own name, and availed of loans after mortgaging the property to Shiroda Urban Cooperative Society to get a loan of Rs 10 lakh each.

The disbursement of the loans totaling Rs 3 crore took place in the year 2013, which was headed by Shirodkar himself, Shetkar alleged.

BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar was the Chairman and his brother was the vice chairman when the loans were taken. All the other members are either dummies or benami members who are all related or connected to Subhash Shirodkar, Diya said.

Other loans were taken by his relatives and family members falsely claiming to own parts and parcels of the entire property during the year 2013 and 2014.

The Goa government has failed to do due diligence before purchasing the land for a huge sum of Rs 70 crore, about 9 times its actual value.

The land actually belongs to the Shiroda Urban Cooperative Society as Shirodkar or his family or relatives or his fake companies have no right to sell it to the government.

This entire deal with the government of Goa is fake and fraudulent as the land is still mortgaged to the society.

It is very likely that the deposits and money of the unsuspecting public who have saved their hard earned money in this entity are at risk now, as this information comes out into the public domain.

Shetkar has demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning of the Shiroda Urban Co-op Society, failing which she said she will move the High Court of Bombay at Goa.

Congress leader Diya Shetkar alleges gangrape, murder threat by BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s supporters

In a serious allegation, a female Congress leader on Sunday accused BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s supporters of threatening her of gang-rape and killing if she campaigned in his constituency.

Shirodkar is a former Congress MLA and represented Shiroda in Goa Legislative Assembly. He had recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Congress party worker and lawyer in a complaint to the police at Panaji in Goa saying that she got a telephone call early on Sunday morning asking her to “not to do anything against him (Shirodkar) in Siroda constituency”.

Speaking to news agency ANI, the Congress leader said, “BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s goons are threatening me of gang-rape and killing. The BJP govt is tarnishing my image. In the morning, I got a call threatening me to not do anything against him in Shiroda constituency.”

In her complaint submitted at the Panaji Police Station, she said that she received a call on Sunday morning from an unknown person, who claimed to be Shirodkar`s supporter, who used “abusive and vulgar” language while delivering the threat to her.

“I was threatened with gang-rape by the caller if I entered constituency of Shirodkar, a former Congress MLA who joined the BJP last month, and campaigned against him,” she told the media.

The police said a non-cognizance complaint had been registered against an unknown person following the complaint.

While Shirodkar could not be contacted, state BJP General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavde said, “I do not know about the complaint, but I will find out.”

Shirodkar, along with another now-former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte quit the Congress and joined the BJP.

Mandrem By-polls: Parsekar’s Supporters Want Him To Contest By-polls on Congress Ticket, Defeat Sopte and Teach Tendulkar a Lesson

PANAJI: Several supporters of former Goa CM and BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar want their leader to contest the Mandrem by-polls on a Congress ticket only to teach the local State BJP a ‘good lesson’.

IndiaScoops.com spoke to nearly 30-40 of Parsekar’s supporters who were very vocal on the subject. “We must teach the local BJP leadership a lesson. They have treated us like dirt, in spite of the fact we have worked for the party for the last several years, with many of them being associated with the party for more than 10 years. If Sopte can leave Congress, Parsekar can join Congress, only to defeat Sopte,” they said.

Also Read: Former Goa CM and BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar may quit BJP, join Congress?

Parsekar’s personal supporters numbering about 800-1000 said they would do as their leader does. “If Parsekar joins the Congress, we will also join along with him. He has been our leader and he is a hard-working and dedicated person. We will stand by him and do as he says, even if it means working for the Congress during the by-polls,” they told IndiaScoops.com.

Political watchers said the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) leader and former Goa RSS head Subhash Velingkar is also wooing Parsekar and has offered him a GSM ticket. However, the Congress seems to stand a better chance in Mandrem and Parsekar wants to win at any cost against Sopte. (Read Here)

However, local Mandrem Congress leaders were not sure about inducting Parsekar. “Once he wins on a Congress ticket, he may re-join the BJP later on just like Sopte. This musical chairs must stop. We need a local, but loyal Congress leader who will stand by the party and the people of Mandrem, who vote for him, through thick and thin,” they opined.

As hectic parleys in Mandrem picked up steam, the NavHind Times reported that Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar met former chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday triggering speculations and setting tongues wagging.

Parsekar on Sunday said that he, as a political figure maintains good relationship with the local leaders of all the political parties, and therefore, has no reservations about interacting with them.

Parsekar, when asked about his meeting with Chodankar, earlier this week, told ‘The Navhind Times’ that members of other political parties are his political rivals, and he has never treated them as his political enemies. “I am opposed to them, but till a certain point,” he said, observing that he has never thought of political vendetta against his political rivals.

Sources, however, informed that the Parsekar-Chodankar meeting had the GPCC president discussing the Mandrem by-election with the senior BJP leader, in the light of the recent induction of former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte into BJP.

The sources also stated that Chodankar told Parsekar about the willingness of Congress to give candidature to Parsekar, if he intends to contest the forthcoming bypoll from Mandrem constituency.

Sopte has already told his supporters that he has joined the BJP after receiving an assurance that he would be the BJP candidate for the Mandrem by-election.

It is learnt that Chodankar also told Parsekar that if he (Parsekar) has no interest in contesting the Mandrem bypoll on Congress ticket, then he could support the Congress candidate in the Mandrem constituency.

“Today the political scenario in Goa is volatile and in such a situation, it is natural that many people are calling me up or interacting with me,” Parsekar said, mentioning that although he is open for interaction, no one should presume things based on these interactions.

Speaking further, Parsekar said that BJP national president Amit Shah is being fed with lies by the Goa unit of the party, and therefore, Shah should now give a patient hearing to the other side that is the existing truth.

“The national joint general secretary (organisation) of BJP B L Santhosh, Goa desk in-charge of the party Avinash Rai Khanna and state general secretary (organisation) of BJP Vijay Puranik should be consulted by Shah to understand the party-related ground realities in Goa,” he added, pointing out, “If the information from Santhosh, Khanna and Puranik is found to be “inadequate”, then I am there and always available.” “Politics of power is not everything and all that we (senior BJP leaders in Goa) had done in the past is now being sadly undone,” Parsekar stated, maintaining that concurring to any kind of compromises just to stay in power is not the culture of BJP.

“It should also be understood that in a democratic setup, one who is in power today is someday bound to be in the opposition,” he noted. On a parting note, Parsekar admitted that his party formed the government in Goa in haste, after the 2017 state assembly election.

“That mistake forced the party to make more mistakes and it went on,” he added. Chodankar, meanwhile, has neither denied nor confirmed about meeting Parsekar.

“Well, I am meeting people and will continue to do so to ensure that Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar are defeated,” Chodankar said.

When questioned again, he said, “People of Goa want that both the ex-Congress MLAs should be defeated. I am ready to go the extra mile and meet people who have similar views and join hands with them to root out Sopte and Shirodkar from Mandrem and Shiroda, respectively.”

All India Congress Committee secretary in-charge of Goa A Chellakumar said that he was unaware of any meeting between the local Congress leadership and Parsekar.

He said that Congress would field its own candidate in the by-elections.

“We have aspirants and it will be only Congressmen who would contest on Congress ticket in both the constituencies,” he said. Congress Legislature

Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar could not be contacted even after repeated attempts.

Sources in the Congress party said that during a recent meeting of the party workers from Mandrem held in Panaji in the presence of Chellakumar and Chodankar, the workers had in one voice demanded that the party give ticket to a Congressman from Mandrem.

The party workers had suggested to the party to avoid giving ticket to ‘imported’ individuals.

With inputs from NavHind Times

How Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar benefited after defection?

Two weeks after Congress legislators Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar defected to the BJP, there are allegations on how the two benefited from their crossover, claims an India Today report.

Interacting with his supporters at Mandrem in north Goa on October 21, Sopte boasted that he had demanded a cabinet berth in lieu of the defection. He also claimed he’d be inducted as minister before November 15. Patting a Ganesha locket, the MLA swore he hadn’t taken any money from the BJP and only wanted “constituency issues to be resolved”.

Shirodkar, who represents Shiroda in south Goa, got himself into more trouble. Media reports claimed the state industries department had agreed to pay Vedanta Real Estate Developers, a firm the MLA and his brothers run, Rs 3,500 per square metre for 1,83,524 sq. m. of orchard land in Shiroda acquired in 2012 for an industrial township. This, reports stated, was way higher than the Rs 350 per sq. m. another land owner who had volunteered to give his land for the project had asked for as compensation. Vedanta was expected to rake in Rs 70 crore, of which Rs 6.5 crore had already been paid.

Shirodkar claimed the state government started paying in instalments only six years after acquiring the land, that too after he met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar last year. “I could have earned big interest had I received the money in time,” the MLA said, claiming the compensation was “based on the latest land deal in the area”. The Congress has said it will challenge the land deal in court.

Amid all this, the defections caused trouble within the BJP.

Furious with Sopte’s induction, former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar questioned Parrikar’s strategy to form a government despite not having a majority in the assembly. Parsekar, who lost the poll to Sopte, declared he wouldn’t support his candidature as a BJP nominee in the upcoming bypoll in Mandrem.

Meanwhile, the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), mentored by former RSS functionary Subhash Velingkar, sees the dissent within the BJP as an opportunity to enter the assembly. Believed to have earned respect as a teacher in Mandrem, Velingkar is likely to be fielded by the party in the bypoll. Political analysts believe the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), though a coalition partner of the BJP, is upset with its refusal to make Sudin Dhavalikar the chief minister during Parrikar’s illness, and is also likely to support the GSM in a tacit understanding.

Meanwhile, the BJP is considering health minister Vishwajit Rane, assembly speaker Pramod Sawant and state president Vinay Tendulkar as possible successors to Parrikar. Sawant called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on October 22 to make a pitch for himself. And Rane is keen on poaching more MLAs from his former party, the Congress, who can vouch for him.

Source: India Today

More Trouble for Goa BJP as RSS Rebel Subhash Velingkar Wipes out Shakas, Vows to Bring BJP Party Down

Devika Sequeira | The Wire: Stuck with finding a replacement for Manohar Parrikar, the Bharatiya Janata Party has resorted to the cynical ploy of putting the Goa government in a total state of freeze. But there’s more trouble looming round the corner for the saffron party. It comes in the shape of the outspoken former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who recently articulated the widely held perception that the seriously ill chief minister was being prevented from signing off, so the “power hungry” BJP can continue to cling to power.

Parrikar’s health was “deteriorating very fast”, but a small cabal of insiders had assumed control of his affairs to the extent that no one was allowed to visit the chief minister to prevent the public from knowing “his true condition”, Velingkar told The Wire. He said he’d been told Parrikar’s brother too had not been allowed to visit him recently. The former RSS man named a high profile government lawyer, a doctor and a minor party functionary running the inner clique for putting out information on the Goa CM’s health “that no one believes”.

Earlier in the week, responding to media questions on the chief minister’s medical condition, health minister Vishwajit Rane’s remarks raised eyebrows, when he said people often defied medical science to get better and he believed “a miracle can happen” in Parrikar’s case. Rane is among those lobbying to become chief minister.

Sacked from the RSS in September 2016 for his unsparing criticism of Parrikar’s education policy, Velingkar’s rebellion caused the first ever split in the Sangh when he formed a parallel RSS Goa Prant – renamed Bharat Mata Ki Jai since. The dismissal from the right-wing mother lode he had nurtured in Goa is an ignominy he hasn’t forgotten. “They sent three letters sacking me. It was done in connivance with the BJP’s central leaders,” he says. The bitter parting of ways continues to resonate politically in Goa. In last year’s election, Velingkar and his RSS supporters campaigned extensively against the BJP in constituencies where the Sangh has a footprint. Several RSS-rooted BJP MLAs were defeated in the 2017 election, including the former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Ninety-five percent of the Goa RSS cadre is now a part of his rebel organisation. The Sangh’s shakas here have been practically wiped out by the exodus to the shakti kendras of his group, Velingkar claims. “There are no RSS shakas in Goa. We have 5,000 workers and 107 shakti kendras.” His target, he says, is “to bring down this government and finish the BJP”.

Whether he can indeed make a difference is another matter. But it is hardly good news for a party already in deep turmoil over the leadership crisis and the entry of two former Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte who defected to the BJP on October 16 to bring down the Congress tally in the House from 16 to 14. The BJP’s ruthless cheque-book politics is the last thing Goa needed with its government in a state of paralysis for over eight months ever since Parrikar was diagnosed with cancer.

A day after Shirodkar’s defection, local newspapers were awash with reports of how he’d been rewarded with a land acquisition deal worth Rs 70 crore. The property the government is buying for no reason is being acquired at ten times the market value, the reports said. The case has now been taken to the Goa Lokayukta.

Governor Mridula Sinha’s silence over the charade of a government in Goa has also been criticised. “The governor’s intervention is long overdue,” Prabhakar Timble, a former state election commissioner pointed out. “For the governor to accept that the seat of chief minister is still not vacant is to turn a blind eye to the primary constitutional duty [of her post]”.

A press release put out Saturday said Parrikar would chair a cabinet meet at his residence on Wednesday. The last cabinet meeting was held earlier this year in February. The BJP leader was brought back to Goa from the All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi on October 14.

Devika Sequeira is a freelance journalist based in Goa.

Source: The Wire

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.

In Goa, fault lines widen in BJP as leaders squabble among themselves

The political situation in Goa continues to be in a flux. After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lured away two Congress MLAs — Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar — observers believed state politics would return to normalcy.

However, the arrival of the two ‘rebel’ Congressmen has brought the infighting in the BJP to the fore.

Former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has given vent to his ire at the two Congressmen being inducted into the saffron party without informing him.

Parsekar had lost to Sopte in the 2017 assembly election from the Mandrem constituency.

Parsekar recently criticized the BJP leadership for this move. He also criticised Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar for inducting the two Congressmen.

The infighting between Tendulkar and Parsekar has affected the party cadres and discipline. Considering that the BJP is a cadre-based party with a stress on discipline, the war of words between the two leaders has sent the wrong signal to the party rank and file.

The absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar from public life is not only also affecting the administration but also the political situation in the state.

Party workers feel that situation would have been totally different if Parrikar was active. The Goa BJP cadres are also confused about the leadership.

On other hand regional parties like Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) which are coalition partners in the government are pressuring BJP leadership to assure stability of the government in the absence of CM Parrikar.

Political observers say that if the current situation persists BJP will certainly lose its credibility and face a hard time during the 2019 general elections.

In the 40-seat Goa assembly, BJP and Congress have 14 seats each; MGP, GFP and Independents have three seats each; while Nationalist Congress Party has a seat, two are vacant.

Goa Congress begins shortlisting candidates for assembly by-polls in Shiroda and Mandrem

PANAJI: The Congress in Goa has started process of shortlisting candidates for assembly by-elections which will be held due to resignation of two MLAs of the party.

Speaking to reporters in the city on Thursday, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavlekar said process of selection of the candidates had begun and many leaders have expressed interest to contest the election.

However, party high command would take a final decision after consulting local leadership, he added.

Expressing confidence that the party candidates would win both the seats, he claimed that people of both the constituencies– Mandrem and Shiroda– would teach a ‘lesson’ to its former Congress MLAs.

The by-election will be held due to resignation of two party MLAs Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar.

While Mr Sopte represented Mandrem constituency, Mr Shirodkar was an MLA from Shiroda constituency.

They had resigned as an MLA as well as primary member of the party and joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi.

Interestingly, both the MLAs had defeated BJP candidates in 2017 assembly elections.

Source: UNI

GPCC Welcomes Statement of MGP President Deepak Dhavilkar: Says Defecting MLAs Must Bear Costs of By-Polls

Subhash Phaldesai, PCC member and ex-district President of Goa PCC while speaking to media persons on Thursday said:

“Goa Congress welcomes the statement of MGP President Deepak Dhavilikar who called for a ban of six years on elected MLAs from changing their party for no proper or adequate reason.”

“All the expenses of the elections should be recovered from the people who changed their party and they must be asked to bear all the costs of the by-election process. This will serve as deterrence to party hoppers like Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar who change parties solely for their own personal monetary benefit or reasons.”

Secondly, Phaldesai welcomed the suggestion to approach the courts for the same reason above.

MGP being the alliance partner of the present government should do a positive thing and ensure that such changes are brought about in the system.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee requests the FDA officials to check the vegetables that are supplied by the horticulture department in various parts of Goa, regarding the content of pesticides present in the vegetables and fruits. Proper and strict action should be taken by the FDA if the amount is in excess of the approved values.

Parsekar is a frustrated, semi-literate idiot, must not be taken seriously: Tendulkar privately tells his supporters

Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar on Tuesday accused his party colleague Laxmikant Parsekar and former Goa CM of using “bad” words and abusive language against party chief Amit Shah, CM Manohar Parrikar and himself.

In a related development, Tendulkar is understood to have told his party workers who complained to him about Parsekar’s actions that Parsekar is frustrated and angry that he was not called for the meeting with Amit Shah and not informed in advance about the induction of former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte into the BJP fold.

Also Read: Tendulkar threatens to sack Parsekar from Goa BJP after the former CM uses foul language, abuses Tendulkar

According to unconfirmed and unverified reports in the BJP, Tendulkar is understood to have told BJP workers and his close associates:

Parsekar is a frustrated, semi literate idiot who must not be taken seriously. He thinks he is a big leader, but in reality he is nothing. 

IndiaScoops.com was unable to independently confirm the above statement as Tendulkar refused to speak on his ‘tiff’ with Parsekar saying that it was an internal and private ‘party matter’, which cannot be discussed with the media.

Tendulkar also sought an apology from Parsekar for what he called using bad words against him, Shah and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar during a telephonic talk.

Parsekar, a former chief minister, had criticised the local party unit for not taking him into confidence before inducting Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte into the BJP.

Sopte and another Congress legislator Subhash Shirodkar, who won from Shiroda constituency, had joined the BJP last week.

Sopte had defeated Parsekar in Mandrem constituency during the 2017 Assembly elections.

“Parsekar has left nothing to be discussed about. He has given bad words to our national president Amit Shah, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and me during a phone conversation with me,” said Tendulkar, who is also a Rajya Sabha member from Goa.

“I will speak to Parsekar only when he apologises to me and those against whom he has given bad words,” he said.

Tendulkar said he had not informed Shah about the incident.

“But our national president will get the report about the incident,” he added.

Tendulkar said he has put the entire incident behind him and is working for strengthening the organisation ahead of by-polls in Mandrem and Shiroda constituencies.

Parsekar was not available for comments.