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Obit discussion turns into govt vs Oppn slugfest

16th July 2019, 02:02 Hrs

the goan I network


Speaker Rajesh Patnekar’s obituary references to the passing away of former minister Dr Wilfred Mesquita and the subsequent discussion turned a tad unsavory and descended into a full-scale slugfest between the treasury and Opposition benches for a while.  

Trouble began when Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho picked holes in the claims of Opposition members who referred to Dr Mesquita having served as minister for revenue, environment, sports and youth affairs, power, law and judiciary.  

“Members should follow the rules,” Godinho said, while claiming that Mesquita did not ever hold the power, legislative affairs and law and judiciary portfolios.  

The remark provoked instant protests from members on the other side of the aisle. Dhavlikar in particular, questioned Godinho’s remark and demanded that the Speaker direct that it be removed from the records.  

To break the stalemate, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant intervened to request members to drop the acrimony.  

“It does not augur well for the House if we are seen as fighting on such matters as obituary reference to eminent people who have passed away. Let us stop this and stick to paying homage to those who have passed away,” Sawant said.  

But Dhavlikar insisted that Godinho’s remarks be erased from the records and Speaker Patnekar obliged.  

Earlier, several members including Luizinho Faleiro, Churchill Alemao, Aleixo Reginald Lourenco besides Dhavlikar among others, spoke on the obituary references and recalled their personal encounters with Dr Mesquita.  

Faleiro and Alemao also expressed concern over rising cases of cancer in the State.  

Besides Dr Mesquita, who passed away a week ago, the House made obituary reference to noted industrialist Mohandas Nayak, freedom fighters Mohan Ranade, litterateur and renowned theatre personality Girish Karnad, litterateur Pandurang Sahastrabuddhe, theatre artiste Dinyar Contractor, film director and producer Veeru Devgan, industrialist BK Birla, Colonel (Retd) Arvind Joglekar and Konkani writer Bonaventure del Pietr.