NCP MLAs to abstain from voting for finance bill in Goa
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 21:52
Panaji: Deepening the political crisis in Goa, State Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday authorised its legislators to abstain from voting on the finance bill to be presented in the assembly to protest Congress ministers' remarks against the party.

NCP Goa Unit President Carmo Pegado told agency this evening that the party's core committee was unanimous in supporting the move by a group of seven legislators.

"The legislators are authorised to take any step, including abstaining from voting, to protest utterances by the Congress ministers," the NCP Goa chief said.

The group comprising three NCP legislators, two from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party, one from United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP) and an Independent, had on Friday warned that Goa government should not take for granted their support for finance bill.

"Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has failed to stop his colleagues from making irresponsible statements against NCP leaders. Those statements are deplorable," Pegado said.

Kamat is facing the ire of his coalition colleagues after Congress minister Churchill Alemao and party's legislative party spokesman Mauvin Godinho had criticised NCP over coalition issues.

NCP's core committee meeting was attended by the senior leaders and the party's all three MLAs Fransisco Pacheco, Jose Philip D'Souza and Nilkant Halarnkar.

The Sharad pawar-led party leaders today demanded that the meeting of coordination committee encompassing all the Congress-led alliance partners be held immediately.

"The committee was formed but it never met," Pegado, a former minister, said.

The NCP-led group of seven non-Congress legislators has been mounting pressure on the chief minister to ask the duo, Alemao and Godinho, to tender apology for their remarks.

As a symbol of protest, the group had boycotted the cabinet meeting on Friday.

Kamat, however, has ruled out any threat to the state government stating that issue would be resolved by high commands of both the parties.


First Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 21:52

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