The debate, titled Decision Time 2019, was organised by the South Goa Advocates’ Association and sitting BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar, Elvis Gomes from the AAP and Francisco Sardinha from the Congress were invited.
In a stunning turn of events, the BJP got Speaker Michael Lobo to open his office at 1 am Wednesday. They had got two MGP MLAs to split and merge with BJP. And by afternoon, CM Sawant dropped Dhavalikar from the council of ministers.
The BJP has staked claim with these numbers: 10 BJP MLAs (Pandurang Madkaikar is in hospital and, therefore, not counted as a voting member), three each of the MGP and Goa Forward Party, and three independents.
Pramod Sawant is Goa CM: A day after Parrikar passed away at age 63 after battling pancreatic cancer, Pramod Sawant and his cabinet of 11 ministers took oath early Tuesday morning. With that, Goa has a new chief minister and a functional cabinet.
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar funeral highlights: With the demise of Manohar Parrikar, the strength of 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly has been reduced to 36. A BJP MLA died last month, while two Congress members had resigned last year.
Manohar Parrikar death: Till 6 am, there was no clarity with everyone waiting to hear from the other side. At Miramar meanwhile the beach bed was being cleared by the state government for the final rites of Parrikar scheduled at 5 pm.
This unobvious and independent style, backed by swift decision-making, would soon define the political journey of Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar — beginning with Subhash Velingkar, his mentor and RSS guru, handpicking him as the future face of the BJP in Goa.
Manohar Parrikar death: Manohar Parrikar’s government had the support of the MGP, Goa Forward, and the Independents — however, all these MLAs have been clear for long that they would support only a government led by Parrikar.
Manohar Parrikar obituary: Months before his death, ten clerics reached the BJP headquarters to read the Koran for him and the state’s archbishop Filipe Neri Ferao appealed to the Catholic community to pray for him. Such was his pull, till the end, as one of the few BJP leaders known to have secured a secular image.
Manohar Parrikar Death Union minister Nitin Gadkari arrived in Goa in the early hours of Monday by a midnight flight to decide on the leadership issue in the state following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Deputy Speaker and BJP leader Michael Lobo Saturday said the “emergency meeting” was called to discuss the details on Manohar Parrikar’s health, which he said was showing no signs of improvement and had forced the party to start discussing options and taking the coalition into confidence.
Abhijat was referring to a petition, which alleged that his eco-tourism project Hideaway Hospitality being constructed on a buffer zone identified as "eco-sensitive zone" around Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, was responsible for "massive deforestation" and "cutting open forested land".
Tourism industry stakeholders have said the scheme is detrimental to the sector, and local residents have been protesting against the "sentinels" intruding their privacy. Both ruling and opposition MLAs have said the scheme can be misused.
The scheme allows citizens to report on traffic violations by clicking a photograph or video of the offender and vehicle registration plate and sending it to Goa Traffic Police department through a WhatsApp number.