Politics is a subject that even a layman is well versed in, but that is what everyone thinks and hence wants to debate on the prevailing situation in India. What is right and what is wrong, we all seem to know well and the politicians become the targets of our calculations. Goa is running without a Chief Minister for the past month and it may continue to be that way for a while. Is this condition is as per the provisions of the constitution? Let us take a look at the same in this article.
The Chief Minister of Goa, Mr Manohar Parrikar had to leave for the US to undergo a medical treatment, but while leaving the state he did not resign from his position, instead, he formed the CAC (Cabinet Advisory Committee) comprising of three MLAs to handle day to day situations in the state. The opposition took this matter seriously and this act unconstitutional. According to news published by the local daily of Goa Herald there is no provision for the CAC under Indian constitution, “The CAC is basically to advise the cabinet but this looks like an arrangement more to keep the allies happy or in good humor. They (ministers) will feel they are in the decision-making process,” said the noted lawyer Cleofato Coutinho. As time passes, the situation is becoming worse with everyone from the opposition starting to demand an explanation from the ruling coalition government. The tenure of the CAC will be ending on 30th April (Monday) and there is a possibility of extension of the CAC, said sources. According to a report published in the TOI Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to extend the Cabinet Advisory Committee’s tenure that will end on Monday. “We will approach the chief minister and take necessary directions from him,” a senior officer in the chief minister’s office told TOI.
It should be recalled that the CAC committee’s tenure ended on 31st March 2018 and had been extended by CM till 30th April, but according to sources, the same thing is set to repeat as Mr. Parrikar might get delayed by another month or so. “I am recovering well. My next phase of treatment is starting and I hope to return back to Goa by the third week of May,” Parrikar said in a written message to BJP state executive members here last week. Presently, the scenario is such that the CM is doing all the work right from the US, from his hospital bed where he is undergoing a treatment for his pancreatic cancer, said sources. According to reports, Mr. Parrikar had already doubled the financial outlay of each minister from 1 crore to 2 crores. He also doubled the CAC’s authority to sanction funds to the tune of Rs 10 crore. According to the BJP party president’s statement to the media, the provision of CAC is very much there, he dogged out the case of Jaya Lalitha, the former CM of Tamilnadu saying that she was also on long vacation and the state was without CM. This may not be giving the satisfactory answers to the present situation but it surely highlights one thing and that is, “If they have done, why not we?”
Although the question remains unanswered, it surely puts the light on the desperate political scenario in Goa. It shows, to what extent one can go to retain the powers in their hands. If you do not agree with this please provide the most satisfactory explanation to this situation.