A march by activists, locals and Congress supporters to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s residence in Dona Paula on Tuesday, demanding his resignation, was stopped by police. The protesters were stopped 300 metres from Parrikar’s residence, where the CM is recuperating from a pancreatic ailment after being discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, last month.
This is the first such protest where locals have sought the resignation of Parrikar. The Opposition Congress has alleged that the administration was in disarray due to the absence of a full-time chief minister. The march coincided with the hunger strike being observed by RTI activist Rajan Ghate at Azad Maidan demanding Parrikar’s resignation.
DGP Mukesh Chander, who reached the spot where the activists were protesting, asked the police to block the roads leading to the CM’s residence and also put barricades. The agitators first assembled near the IFFI inaugural venue at Shyama Prasad Stadium and then proceeded towards the CM’s residence.
Besides the Congress, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a BJP ally in Goa, has also demanded Parrikar’s resignation. On Saturday, the party gave an ultimatum, saying that the charge of the chief minister’s post be given to its minister Sudin Dhavalikar.
Dhavalikar is presently the second-most senior minister in Goa cabinet after Parrikar. The party also warned that it would contest the Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections in the state against BJP candidates if the demand was not met.