Dhavalikar to table Budget on Feb 22
Sudin to handle all Parrikar’s ‘work’ n Sawaikar quells rumours of CM being shifted to USa for FURTHER treatment
20th February 2018, 03:29 Hrs
the goan I network
Speculation over the Health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar continues even as party and government officials urged people to not fall for rumours.
Prior to adjourning the House for the day, Speaker Pramod Sawant officially informed the House that Parrikar is admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and is responding to treatment.
“I wish to inform all members that leader of this House and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital. His health is improving and is being given the necessary treatment. Rumours that are being spread in various corners of the State, nobody should believe in them. On behalf of this House I pray for his speedy recovery,” Sawant said.
He informed that “the work which was before the Chief Minister will be handled by PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar.”
While Speaker Pramod Sawant said that it was yet to be finalised who will present the Budget, Dhavalikar himself confirmed that he would be presenting the Budget saying that the Speaker has authorised him.
However, according to Vinay Tendulkar Goa’s lone Rajya Sabha MP, there will be no presentation of the Budget, but only a tabling.
This means that there will be no Budget speech, unlike previous years and instead a statement of receipts of expenditure for the forthcoming financial year will be tabled along with the financial statement of the previous year. There are unlikely to be any announcements of new schemes or any other new initiatives of the government.
Later in the day, South Goa MP and General Secretary of the BJP’s Goa Pradesh unit sought to quell a separate set of rumours that Parrikar was being shifted to the US for further treatment.
“Manohar Parrikar is undergoing treatment at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai and is equally responding to the treatment. He is being treated by best of experts and as per information, his condition is stable. Further, the news that he is being flown to US for further treatment is totally false and baseless,” Sawaikar said.
While Dhavalikar will be the leader of the treasury benches in the House, the BJP legislature Party which met on Monday ahead of the Assembly session said that Mapusa MLA Francisco Souza will be the leader of the BJP legislature party in the Assembly.
Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar who was present for the meeting, later briefed media persons that Francisco will lead the principal ruling party in the house. Questions on departments handled by the Chief Minister are likely to be postponed.
Budget session curtailed to 4 days
PANAJI: The Business Advisory Committee of the Legislative Assembly, which met on Monday approved a decision to curtail the business of the Assembly to four days with the new schedule specifying that the House will be adjourned after the presentation of the budget on Thursday, February 22. Speaking to reporters, Speaker Pramod Sawant said the decision was taken on account of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s unavailability. “The Business Advisory Committee meeting has taken place, the business for the next three days has been finalised -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The House has been curtailed to Thursday,” Sawant said. >> See pg 3
Police book offence for fake
post on Parrikar’s health
Ponda police has registered an offence against unknown persons for spreading fake news about the condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Ponda police informed that BJP leader Sunil Desai had complained that some persons had been circulating false news about the chief minister’s health and were misguiding people. The fake news was circulated on February 17 and 19.
The message circulated on WhatsApp and social media had reportedly named Sunil Desai as confirming the news.