CM’s opponents plan Bandh, Gherao, Dharna for Mandrem College

NIVRUTTI SHIRODKAR, MANDREM | 16 February 2016 16:23 IST

Letter to CM on Public Debate

After pointing all political guns at Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in his Mandrem constituency, his political opponents have now planned action plan with all kind of ammunition, from Mandrem Bandh to Dharna to Gherao, on the issue of grants to the Mandrem College.

The Mandrem College Anyay Nivaran Sangharsh Samiti has also submitted a formal letter to Parsekar for an open debate on the issue of refusing government grants to the college run by Ramakant Khalap.

The letter-cum-invitation for a public debate throws the ball in CM’s court,   telling him to suggest a date also suitable for the Editors’ Guild, to whom both the sides would give their written submissions and then reply to their questions.

The challenge for Open Public Debate was thrown by CM Parsekar, after the opponents had organised a morcha to his house in Harmal on 7 February.

Supporting the demand of starting grants to the college, former Mandrem MLA and minister Sangeeta Parab has announced a three-day Dharna at Azad Maidan in Panaji along with other women, from 14 to 16 March, during the budget Assembly session.

CM Parsekar had ridiculed her asking how many women had participated in the morcha and why she could not get her own sister-in-law and daughter-in-law to protest.

A meeting chaired by Khalap today also decided to hold ‘Mandrem Bandh’ for one day besides gheraoing two officials of the higher education department.

“These officials had submitted a false report that the distance from Mandrem to Government college at Virnoda is only seven kilometres, based on which the grants were refused”, said Khalap.

To begin with, he said, the Samiti would have ‘Ghar Chalo Abhiyan’, from 1 to 12 March, covering all the nine panchayats in the CM’s Mandrem constituency, distributing pamphlets on the issue.

The Samiti has also decided to have public meetings in all the villages, also by inviting other opposition politicians, including independent MLAs.

In addition, the Samiti is also planning to have a street play staged on the issue. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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We have to elect BJP for another 5 years for grants, Please open your eyes and stop walking and talking about BJP. What a awareness it will be. Grants should be for everyone, its our own money and for our children. Lets have Debate on it.

- Salvador, Mumbai | 16 th February 2016 17:10


Stay away from Khalap. Look how he ruined Mapusa Urban. He symbolizes nepotism and favoritism at its worst. He filled Mapusa Urban with all his kitts and kins ruining the Bank which is under bankcrupsy now. Same will be the case of this college if Khalap gets his way.

- Jayant, Mapusa | 16 th February 2016 16:37


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