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Monday, August 1, 2016

Opposition walks out to protest ‘filibustering’

PORVORIM: Opposition members on Monday staged a walkout during question hour at the assembly. They claimed that the government didn't want the Neura land scam issue to be discussed in the House, and allowed one question to go on for 40 minutes.

Speaking to reporters, leader of opposition Pratapsingh Rane said that the government was trying "filibustering" in the assembly to avoid opposition questions which could expose them on the floor of the house. He also said that they're contemplating moving a no-confidence motion against speaker, Anant Shet.
Only three questions were answered by the government on Monday. The first pertained to cases filed against chief secretary RK Srivastava, the second about tourism development in Sanguem, and the third on central funds for tourism projects.
The question on Sanguem went on for a long time, even as opposition members tried to point out that that was too long for one question. As the discussion on the same question continued, the opposition walked out.
Later, St Cruz MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate alleged that the government did so purposely so that the Neura land scam issue doesn't come up up in the House. The 'scam' involves the lapsing of the acquisition process of some land for a housing board. "We want the government to conduct an inquiry through anti-corruption branch of directorate of vigilance," Monserrate said.
When asked, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he would inquire into the issue.

TOI Goa News

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