The Congress accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of defying Prime Minister`s Narendra Modi by choosing to renew 27 iron ore mining leases, instead of auctioning them as promised in Modi`s Lok Sabha election manifesto.
Commenting on the recent incidents of non BJP Chief Ministers being jeered at while sharing a dais with PM Modi, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday that incidents of hooting are not right but they reflect people`s anger over misgovernance.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who earlier apologised for the use of word `negro` in a written reply in the Legislative Assembly, accused that senior journalist Tarun Tejpal might be behind the coverage of the issue.
The Goa government will demand a rollback of hike in royalty rates of low grade iron ore proposed by Centre, saying profit margins of mining industry have shrunken due to a steady fall in international prices since 2011.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Thursday apologised for using the word "Negro" in one of the answers tabled on the floor of the House here after the alleged racist slur evoked strong reactions from the members.
Some activists with "highly questionable" motives are "blackmailing and witch-hunting" people in high places and are levelling false allegations against a high court judge, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Monday.