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Kamat makes it after 3 Goa MLAs restrained from voting
Guv wants central rule
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, July 30
Governor of Goa S.C. Jamir, in his report to the President of India, today recommended that the state be placed under President's rule since no political formation would be able to provide a stable government there, Raj Bhavan sources said.

According to the sources, the Governor has been convinced that multiple political groupings will keep propping up in Goa, resulting in political instability in the state.

The details of the Governor's report are likely to be made public in a day or two.

Earlier, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat won a trust vote by a voice vote after speaker of the assembly Pratapsinh Rane restrained three MLAs, who defected from the ruling side, from voting.

Shortly before the house met to take up the trust vote, the speaker passed an ad interm order restraining rebel Congress MLA Victoria Fernandes and two legislators from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party — Sudhin and Pandurang Dhavalikar — from voting during the trust vote.

Rane said he was passing the restraining order during the course of the hearing of a disqualification petition filed against the three legislators.

The voting itself remained a one-sided affair, as the opposition members walked out immediately after the speaker passed the restraining order.

Leader of the opposition Manohar Parrikar of the BJP immediately rushed to meet Governor S.C. Jamir to lodge his protest. "The speaker has violated the Governor's order by taking other business of restraining three members from voting,” Parrikar told reporters outside the assembly. “This is a violation of the business of the house and Constitution,” Parrikar said.

He added that the speaker was murdering democracy and demanded that the government be suspended.

Justifying his actions, speaker Pratapsinh Rane said he had only announced his decision to restrain the members from voting under Articles 2a and 2b of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

The petition was filed by Babu Kavalekar and Agnelo Fernandes under the Anti Defection Act of 1986. Rane further added that he would pass his final judgement on the disqualification petition on August 13.

Explaining his action, Rane said the decision by the two MLAs of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party to withdraw support to the government was not endorsed by the executive council of the party.

In exercise of his quasi-judicial powers, the Speaker asked the secretary of the MGP to produce the minutes book of the executive council.

Rane said the minutes book did not have any mention of the executive council withdrawing support to the ruling front and backing the BJP-led coalition.

"After recording the decision to support Pratibha Patil for the presidential elections, the pages of the minutes book were found empty," Rane said.

Rane further added that the two MGP MLAs did not even bother to show up for the hearing on the disqualification petition filed against them.

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