Has the Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar lost the fire in his belly?
At a time when the Congress Government is literally giving issue after issue on a platter, Parrikar has often raised issues only to let them simmer on the backburner.While some sections of the Congress are speaking of a “secret deal” between Parrikar and his former number two in the Cabinet, the present Chief minister Digambar Kamat, some BJP MLAs are secretly “shocked”.“When the PAC report on illegal mining was about to be out, it was all about Parrikar. Suddenly in a dramatic twist, Congress MLAs in the PAC sabotaged it and the report did not make it to the Assembly. This and many issues indicate that he is going soft on the Government and specifically on the CM. We wonder why”, said a South Goa MLA.At that time of tabling the PAC report, Parrikar had told Herald “So what if the report is not tabled. I can come out with my own report. I shall hold a press conference and release the report tomorrow”. Nothing happened.Then, on the major issue of de-notifying the 36,800 square metres of land to Bernard Costa, meant for parking at the expanded Dabolim airport, was an issue waiting to be grabbed by the BJP. There are serious apprehensions of grave impropriety by the Revenue Minister and the Deputy Speaker, with the concurrence of the Chief Minister of bypassing all objections and handing back land to one individual. There has not been a word from Manohar Parrikar or a single BJP member or MLA, even in the Mormugao taluka, prompting Dr Wilfred Mesquita a prominent Vasco resident and open BJP sympathizer to actually ask him what was wrong.But this isn’t quite new. When the SEZs were scrapped in Goa, Parrikar had told a group of activists on December 27, 2010, a month after the High Court judgment scrapping SEZs that the PAC would investigate and bring out a report in three months. That investigation or report never happened.On the issue of massive irregularities in the allotment of plots, Parrikar has gone soft. The BJP had given a deadline of November 5 to the Government to take criminal action against Chairman of Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) Babu Kavlekar failing which they would file an FIR against him, and GIDC. “A complaint will be filed against everyone who comes under the ambit”, said Parrikar further adding that BJP would definitely file a complaint by November 21-22.Meanwhile, the Opposition leader has also toned down his tenor on other issues.“The PPP for Mapusa hospital has been derailed and since the Government has been restrained from committing a wrong, I don’t see a reason to continue with the agitation”, stated Parrikar when asked why they were quiet on the issue. So why is he silent on some burning issues? The response is typically Parrikar’s. “When we come back to power, we will rectify wrongs. If the RP-2021 is not in accordance with demands of the gram sabhas and the Government does not incorporate their recommendation, I will change it”.However, without taking on issues, one wonders how the road to power will be paved.
Courtesy : Herald