Cong stages walkout on Hindu Nation controversy

GOANEWS & PTI, PANAJI | 25 July 2014 18:57 IST

The opposition Congress, along with independent MLA Vijay Sardesai, staged a walkout in the Assembly today on the issue of Hindu Nation remark made by co-operation minister Dipak Dhawalikar yesterday.

The opposition wanted a clarification from the minister before taking up the Question Hour, but the speaker declined.

Later, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar agreed to seek clarification from Dhawalikar after Question Hour, but the Congressmen continued with the din and later staged a walkout.

Dhawalikar, in Konkani, had said while speaking on congratulatory motion to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

 “If all of us support him (Modi), if all of us stay behind him and fully assist and cooperate with him with vigour, then it will not be difficult to establish a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ in India in near future, the way India came to be known in the past.”

The statement had triggered a nationwide controversy with TV channels even conducting debates over it while the BJP national leadership disowned the statement.

The MGP, which ruled Goa for the first 17 years after liberation as a party of Hindu Bahujan Samaj, is today supporting the Manohar Parrikar government with its three MLAs, out of which two Dhawalikar brothers are the ministers.

While raising the issue in the Assembly as soon as the House assembled at 11.30 am today, opposition leader Pratapsing Rane alleged that Dhawalikar has violated the basic norm of the Constitution of India.

"As a minister, he has taken an oath bearing faith and allegiance to the Constitution which says India is a secular country”, he said.

Former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, whose erstwhile Congress government was also supported by both Dhawalikar brothers earlier, said: "Indian Constitution takes everybody together. This is a democratic and secular country. Such comments are unwarranted."

Fatorda independent MLA Vijay Sardesai suspected a coveted agenda behind this madness.

“This has been done looking at the upcoming elections in some states. This is an attempt to polarize votes," he said. 

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Goa Church Should Immediately Excommunicate Them And Set Example For Others. It Is Better To Have Only One Honest Christian In The Church Than To Have Hundred Corrupt and Communal Christians In The Church.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 26 th July 2014 15:02


Seems like there are too many ill-educated or non educated Goan MLA`s representing its citizens.

The Dhavilikars must have been consuming "Magic Mushroms". Much of their recent diatribes are hallucinatory.

What is even worse, is many MLA`s egos are pumped up by ill-gotten wealth.

It is amazing how Black Money talks

- N.Fernandes, London | 25 th July 2014 19:34


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