log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 12 pages GOA Damu wonders how the five who cross-voted dared to swear by God Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PRICE ` 8 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 92 GOA Calangute gram sabha resolves against permission for land-filling, hill cutting 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Home-made instant face cleansers for glowing skin CM, new entrants leave for Delhi; to meet Modi today CABINET RESHUFFLE ON CARDS, BUT SAWANT PLAYS SAFE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/VASCO Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the BJP State president Sadanand Shet Tanavade will chaperone the eight MLAs who last week split from the Congress and ‘merged’ with the BJP at a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday morning. Speaking to reporters at the Dabolim airport, Sawant informed that it was a routine visit to Delhi with the MLAs who were new to the party. “The MLAs are new to the party and we are taking them to Delhi to get them familiarised. We have taken an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah”, Sawant said. Earlier in the day, Sawant Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at the Dabolim airport enroute to Delhi on Sunday night. Vikram Nayak told media that he and Tanavade would accompany the eight new entrants to Delhi for the specific purpose of meeting Modi. The chief minister said, six of the eight MLAs will leave by a Sunday night flight for the national capital. Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo are already out of station and are expected to join the group in Delhi, Sawant said after attending a Rashtriya Sevak Sangh (RSS) meeting held annually to coordinate with the party in the capital city. The chief minister however, did not elaborate on the purpose of the meeting with Modi but the question of a Cabinet reshuffle, which usually is a corollary of a defection into the ruling party, is likely to come up in the discussions. The group of eight Congress MLAs -- Aleixo Sequeira, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Phaldesai, Sankalp Amonkar, Rudolf Fernandes and Delilah Lobo -besides Kamat and Lobo, split and merged with the Congress on Wednesday night. The split and ‘merger’ was formally endorsed by Goa Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar on Thursday and the Legislature Secretary issued a bulletin stating that the sitting arrangement had been changed to make the group part of the BJP. With the development, the Calangute locals say a big ‘no’ to State jetty policy IN SHORT >> Cong refutes cash for tickets charge PANAJI: Congress leader Girish Chodankar has refuted as “baseless” the allegations levelled against him and other Congress leaders, including cash-for-tickets, by his former protege and Mormugao MLA, Sankalp Amonkar, who was part of the group of eight MLAs who joined the BJP. >> See pg 3 THE GOAN I NETWORK GFA to elect new Prez on Oct 30 PANAJI: The Goa Football Association will hold its election for choosing the new President on October 30. The post had fallen vacant after Churchill Alemao resigned following High Court’s order relating to age bar. Sarvajanik Ganesh with a difference VASCO: Shantadurga Kala and Krida Sangh has made the largest Sarvajanik Ganesh idol of 12.5 feet made of around 20 kg mirror glass pieces in Vasco. Fondly known as Sambhajinagarcha Raja, this is also the only Sarvajanik Ganesh idol that is worshipped for 21 days. >> See pg 2 WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES Low: High: 29 C 26 C 85% 11:29 06:37 ---16:33 strength of the Sawant-led coalition government in the 40 member House has gone up to 33 -- 28 of the BJP, two of the MGP and three Independents. It has also decimated the numbers in the Opposition benches to seven. Congress still continues to be the largest in the block with a strength of three, followed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with two and one each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Revolutionary Goans Party (RGP). Meanwhile, Sawant said, that while in Delhi they will also meet party president, J P Nadda. “We will return to Goa day after tomorrow,” he said and ducked questions on whether the issue of Cabinet reshuffle will be brought up in the Delhi meetings. Members of the public pay their respects as they pass Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin lying in state on the catafalque at Westminster Hall on Sunday. Queen’s funeral today, London braces for massive security Op PTI LONDON London police chiefs and medics are bracing themselves for a security nightmare at the Queen’s funeral on Monday as they balance the need to protect the world’s top leaders and dignitaries with the public’s desire to mourn their much-loved monarch. Some have compared the event in scale to the London Olympics, but in truth the state funeral -- the first in Britain since Winston Churchill died in 1965 -- is likely to dwarf the 2012 sporting extravaganza. Codenamed “Operation London Bridge,” arrangements for Britain’s longest-serving monarch have been carefully pored over for years by the many agencies involved, with the Queen herself signing off on every detail before her death. Queen Elizabeth II will finally be laid to rest on Monday. World leaders, including US president Joe Biden and Indian president Droupadi Murmu, have started arriving in London. While the state funeral at Westminster Abbey will have 2,000 dignitaries and guests in attendance, a committal service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will have 800 guests. The funeral procession will be open for public viewing in London as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle, while viewers across the world can livestream the event on various platforms. The funeral will cap 10 days of national mourning with hundreds of thousands queuing up to pay their respects at the queen’s lying-in-state. MAPUSA In a snub to the government plan to form a jetty policy, the villagers of coastal Calangute on Sunday in one voice decided to oppose the formulation of the “Jetty Policy 2022” for the State. The Calangute gram sabha, the first one after the recent panchayat elections, unanimously decided to oppose the draft jetty policy kept open for public views by the tourism department. While moving the proposal, a resident of Calangute, Anthony de Souza said that the policy was very dangerous and appeared to serve some vested interests. “The policy is draconian. The policy envisages formation of a jetty management committee (JMC) which will be responsible to issue tenders and licences for construction of jetties. It appears this policy is more to serve some vested interests. The policy envisages complete control over your business. I as a stakeholder will have no say at all,” De Souza said. The moment the proposal was placed before the gram sabha, the large gathering of villagers decided to oppose the proposal without even waiting to hold discussion on the subject. “The overwhelming sentiment of the people to oppose >Continued on P5 10 SPORTS Arsenal beat Brentford to regain Premier League top spot 12 Voters seek divine help to teach defectors a lesson PERFORM RITUAL AT BODGESHWAR TEMPLE THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Even after four days, angry voters are yet to come to terms with the defection of the Congress MLAs and on Sunday some of them sought divine intervention against the eight MLAs. Some voters of Bardez visited the famous Bodgeshwar Temple in Mapusa and prayed to Lord Bodgeshwar seeking retribution against the eight legislators that carried out the “unholy” act. The voters carried out a specific ritual by placing nine plantains in the temple and carried out ‘gharanas’ (prayer) that the eight MLAs should be taught a fitting lesson within 15 days for cheating the people of Goa. “The eight plantains are for the eight MLAs and the Kejriwal, AAP slam BJP for ‘Operation Lotus’ >> See pg 3 ninth one is for the person who came with the offer to defect. I am not into politics but the recent political development has spoiled the name of our State. Lord Bodgehswar should do what is fit,” a person was heard telling the temple priest. “These MLAs took pledge in front of religious places and have cheated God and the people of Goa,” he added. Slamming the eight MLAs for defecting to BJP, a resident of Verla, Anil Kelkar challenged them to resign and face the public in fresh elections. “All these MLAs took pledge in a temple, church and a mosque while some had also taken pledge before Lord Bodgeshwar that they will never defect. People of Goa are very hurt due to the unholy act of theirs. We have prayed to Lord Bodgeshwar to take action against these MLAs and punish them,” Kelkar said after attending the rituals in the temple. A resident of Moira, Rohidas Shirodkar said that politics has become business for these politicians. “These MLAs say they joined the ruling party because of development. But the fact is that one can do development even in the opposition. Former CMs late Manohar Parrikar and Pratapsingh Rane are examples of this,” said Shirodkar, who was part of the group to pray in the temple. RG challenges defectors to resign, get re-elected SAYS CONGRESS, BJP ARE HAND IN GLOVE THE GOAN I NETWORK OLD GOA As a large number of supporters gathered at the ‘Vishwasgaat’ protest organized by the Revolutionary Goans Party (RGP), Goans were urged to come to terms with the fact that the Congress and the BJP are one and the same. At the meeting held at Azad Maidan on Sunday to protest against the defection of 8 Congress MLAs, various leaders highlighted that RGP is the only alternative for Goans and challenged the defectors to resign and re-contest. Speaking at the meeting, MLA Viresh Borkar said that what RGP was saying all along finally came true as the defection proved beyond doubt that the BJP and Congress are one and the same. “We were always saying that Congress and BJP are one, and it has been proved through this defection. They even made mockery of Gods by going against the vow that they took. It was a drama only to fool the voters and the defection game was pre-planned even before the Assembly elections,” Borkar added. The MLA further said that the Congress is only shedding crocodile tears now to gain sympathy from the people. MLA Viresh Borkar addresses the media during the protest at Azad Maidan, Panaji on Sunday. Narayan Pissurlenkar RUDOLF CHALLENGED TO ATTEND CHIMBEL GRAM SABHA >> See pg 3 “But Goans should not fall for such tears again as such defections will continue in the future as well,” he added. “People have to open their eyes and realize that Congress is BJP and BJP is Congress. The BJP wants to finish Opposition as they want to finish Goa and Goans,” Borkar stated while urging the people to give RGP a chance in the next Assembly elections. “I will continue fighting for the rights of the Goans as a lone Opposition and urge the people to strengthen the hands of RGP so that the next government is formed by our party,” he added. Borkar also urged people to beware of the Congress, which will come begging to the voters that such thing will not happen again. “Don’t trust the Congress as it will happen over and over again,” he stated. RGP supreme Manoj Parab too said that the Congress and the BJP are hand in glove in the defection episode. “We had predicted it long back but nobody believed us. Now that our prediction has >Continued on P5 Phogat death: CBI Digambar has task cut out to mend fences with bitter enemies team scans Curlies DAYS AFTER EMBRACING THE SAFFRON PARTY… VOI CES OF CON CERN THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team which is now investigating Sonali Phogat murder case on Sunday visited the partially demolished Curlies shack in Anjuna where the deceased spent her last hours partying with her two associates. The CBI team along with the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team reached Curlies at around 11 am and were huddled at the spot for almost two and half hours. Officials of CFSL examined the washroom where the deceased spent almost two hours on that fateful day and carried out forensic tests of the place. Sources informed that the CBI sleuths also questioned some staff of Curlies. Sources further said since the place has been ravaged due to demolition work, the sleuths could not gather much details except that CFSL team collected some forensic details from the wash room. At around 1.30 pm the CBI and the CFSL team went back to Grand Leoney resort for further investigation. The CBI may take the custody of Curlies owner Edwin Nunes for further investigation in the case. Nunes is presently out on conditional bail. MARGAO fierce political war spanning over a decade and half; five Assembly battles and as many face offs at the local municipal polls throws up a moot question – how would Congress-turnedBJP MLA Digambar Kamat gel with the core Margao BJP cadre as he returns to the party-fold after 17 long years. Kamat’s entry into the BJP fold did not evoke a whisper of protest nor was welcomed with open arms by the BJP citybased core workers, be it the Margao Mandal or local leaders, who had crossed swords against the MLA over the last 17 years. No one knows better A Congress-turned-BJP Margao MLA Digambar Kamat with close supporters after embracing the saffron party earlier last week. than the seven-time Margao MLA that the eerie silence in the saffron camp over his entry has more to do with the party discipline than any sudden change in heart amongst party core workers. In a scenario, where even BJP top leaders had to bite the dust in the 2021 municipal polls, right from Margao Mandal chief, Rupesh Mahatme, No one is seeking any apology from Kamat for bringing down the Parrikar government The least the MLA could have done after returning to the party on his own volition, is to accept the “mistake” Party cadre is left with no option than to accept the decision of the party leadership... hence, we have made no noise It’s now up to the MLA how he goes about integrating himself and his workers into the BJP fold It will take some time before original cadre and Kamat and his workers share a common platform long-time foes Sharmad Raiturkar, Sunil Naik, and others, and not to mention ex-Dy CM Manohar Ajgaonkar in the 2022 Assembly election, none other than Kamat knows for sure that he has a task cut out -- win over his long-time rivals and strengthen his position in the constituency. Local political observers say that it may take some time KAMAT’S RETURN MAY CHANGE BJP’S EQUATION IN FATORDA >> See pg 2 for Kamat to bring together long-time rivals work with him, but a seasoned campaigner, known for his acumen in handling adversities with ease, Kamat has begun his new innings in the saffron party in right earnest. He has not stopped invoking the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an unifying force for the BJP cadre, behind his Ghar wapsi. By invoking Modi’s name >Continued on P5
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