Goa Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo opposes ban on fish import

Goa Assembly’s Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said Tuesday that there should not be a blanket ban on import of fish in the state.

The state government had last Saturday announced a ban on import of fish into the state for six months, against the backdrop of a scare that formalin, a potential cancer-causing chemical, was being used to preserve fish.

“There can be stringent checks at the border on fish stocks being brought into the state, but that doesn’t mean we have a blanket ban on fish import,” Lobo told reporters here.

He said fish supplies from the neighbouring Shiroda, Malvan and Sawantwadi areas of Maharashtra and Karwar in Karnataka should be allowed in local markets.

“Fish prices in the markets have sky-rocketed, severely affecting the businesses of restaurants and hotels,” said Lobo, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Calangute constituency in North Goa district.

He said the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) can set up mobile laboratories to conduct random checks on fish stocks and those found guilty should be punished.

“But, don’t stop trucks bringing fresh fish to Goa,” Lobo said, noting that a campaign on social media about formalin in fish had created the scare.

Goa’s Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar had on Monday said the government’s decision should not affect the state’s economy and that traders who comply with the FDA guidelines should be allowed to import fish.

Source: PTI

Supreme Court refuses to hear fresh petition on Rafale deal

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a fresh petition filed in connection with the Rafale deal.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, “We are already hearing many petitions in the issue”, adding: “What is the need to hear a fresh petition?”

Earlier on Saturday, the central government submitted the details of the decision-making process pertaining to the deal to the top court’s Secretary-General in a sealed cover.

The apex court, while hearing a petition, had sought the said information from the Centre without divulging technical details and prices of the Rafale fighter jets.

The opposition Congress party has been alleging irregularities in the high-profile Defence fighter jets contract signed between India and France in 2016 under National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

In 2012, during the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) tenure, India planned to buy 18 off-the-shelf jets from France, with 108 others to be assembled in the country by the state-run aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

However, in 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government scrapped the UPA’s plan and announced that it would buy 36 “ready-to-fly” Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation.

The Congress alleged that the NDA government was procuring each aircraft at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore as against Rs 526 crore finalized by the UPA government.

Source: The New Indian Express

GPCC President Girish Chodankar’s meeting with Parsekar triggers speculations, sets tongues wagging in Goa

PANAJI: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar met former chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday triggering speculations.

Parsekar on Sunday said that he, as a political figure maintains good relationship with the local leaders of all the political parties, and therefore, has no reservations about interacting with them.

Parsekar, when asked about his meeting with Chodankar, earlier this week, told ‘The Navhind Times’ that members of other political parties are his political rivals, and he has never treated them as his political enemies. “I am opposed to them, but till a certain point,” he said, observing that he has never thought of political vendetta against his political rivals.

Sources, however, informed that the Parsekar-Chodankar meeting had the GPCC president discussing the Mandrem by-election with the senior BJP leader, in the light of the recent induction of former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte into BJP.

The sources also stated that Chodankar told Parsekar about the willingness of Congress to give candidature to Parsekar, if he intends to contest the forthcoming bypoll from Mandrem constituency.

Sopte has already told his supporters that he has joined the BJP after receiving an assurance that he would be the BJP candidate for the Mandrem by-election.

It is learnt that Chodankar also told Parsekar that if he (Parsekar) has no interest in contesting the Mandrem bypoll on Congress ticket, then he could support the Congress candidate in the Mandrem constituency.

“Today the political scenario in Goa is volatile and in such a situation, it is natural that many people are calling me up or interacting with me,” Parsekar said, mentioning that although he is open for interaction, no one should presume things based on these interactions.

Speaking further, Parsekar said that BJP national president Amit Shah is being fed with lies by the Goa unit of the party, and therefore, Shah should now give a patient hearing to the other side that is the existing truth.

“The national joint general secretary (organisation) of BJP B L Santhosh, Goa desk in-charge of the party Avinash Rai Khanna and state general secretary (organisation) of BJP Vijay Puranik should be consulted by Shah to understand the party-related ground realities in Goa,” he added, pointing out, “If the information from Santhosh, Khanna and Puranik is found to be “inadequate”, then I am there and always available.” “Politics of power is not everything and all that we (senior BJP leaders in Goa) had done in the past is now being sadly undone,” Parsekar stated, maintaining that concurring to any kind of compromises just to stay in power is not the culture of BJP.

“It should also be understood that in a democratic setup, one who is in power today is someday bound to be in the opposition,” he noted. On a parting note, Parsekar admitted that his party formed the government in Goa in haste, after the 2017 state assembly election.

“That mistake forced the party to make more mistakes and it went on,” he added. Chodankar, meanwhile, has neither denied nor confirmed about meeting Parsekar.

“Well, I am meeting people and will continue to do so to ensure that Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar are defeated,” Chodankar said.

When questioned again, he said, “People of Goa want that both the ex-Congress MLAs should be defeated. I am ready to go the extra mile and meet people who have similar views and join hands with them to root out Sopte and Shirodkar from Mandrem and Shiroda, respectively.”

All India Congress Committee secretary in-charge of Goa A Chellakumar said that he was unaware of any meeting between the local Congress leadership and Parsekar.

He said that Congress would field its own candidate in the by-elections.

“We have aspirants and it will be only Congressmen who would contest on Congress ticket in both the constituencies,” he said. Congress Legislature

Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar could not be contacted even after repeated attempts.

Sources in the Congress party said that during a recent meeting of the party workers from Mandrem held in Panaji in the presence of Chellakumar and Chodankar, the workers had in one voice demanded that the party give ticket to a Congressman from Mandrem.

The party workers had suggested to the party to avoid giving ticket to ‘imported’ individuals.

Source: NavHind Times

Kyle Ticlo Son of BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was Over-speeding, Going at Nearly 180 km/hr Claim Eyewitnesses to Belagavi Accident

PANAJI: A BMW car of a Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was torched by villagers along the Goa-Belgaum highway, around 50 km from the inter-state border in Karnataka, late yesterday evening after his son who was driving the car met with an accident injuring a local person and killing another.

While the MLA’s son Kyle Ticlo claimed that it was an accident as he lost control of the high-powered BMW, bystanders told IndiaScoops.com that the driver was doing nearly 180 km/hr or even more on a stretch where slums abound and is a known accident-prone zone, since people are always crossing the road on that patch of the highway.

An IndiaScoops.com freelancer reporter from Belagavi who visited the scene of the accident shortly saw an angry mob being lathi-charged by the police. The police used excessive force on the mob, which was protesting due to the fact that there are no proper caution signs or over-speeding warnings on that patch of the NH4, which is frequented by locals, who cross the highway.

Also Read: Goa MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW Car Set On Fire After Son Kyle Glen Ticlo Kills a Woman, Injures Another In Accident at Belagavi

The MLA, Glenn Ticlo, confirmed the accident to news agency IANS, but said his son was not at fault.

However, bystanders told media persons that the car was being driven at a very high speed.

“The driver was going at a speed far above the permissible limit on that section of the highway. He must have been doing nearly 160 to 180 kms per hour when the accident occurred. It is a clear case of over-speeding, and reckless driving which caused the accident, resulting in the death of one girl and severally injuring her sister,” Hashim Khan, an eyewitness told an IndiaScoops.com stringer who visited the site of the accident about an hour after the accident.

According to a PTI report, MLA Glenn Ticlo’s son Kyle Ticlo mowed down a 20-year-old girl on Goa-Belgaum National Highway 4 around 5 pm on Monday.

Also Read: PICS: Over-speeding Kyle Ticlo, son of Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW knocks down two sisters in Belagavi, one killed; car set ablaze

The girl succumbed to her injuries when she was taken to a hospital by Kyle.

Her sister, who was accompanying her, has been injured. Read the PTI report here.

The car Kyle was driving, a BMW owned by Glenn Ticlo, was later set ablaze by the angry mob. Locals allege that the police treated the serious accident with ‘kid gloves’ because Kyle called his MLA father who spoke to the Belagavi Police Commissioner on the phone, requesting his support. (See Pics Here)

Kyle was booked for rash and negligent driving, but later granted bail by the court.

“We are right now completing police formalities in Belgaum. Kyle (his son) is fine,” Mr Ticlo was quoted by IANS as saying.

A video clip surfaced showing the car, which is registered in the name of the Goa MLA, being set on fire by a mob.

The clip also shows policemen chasing crowds of stone-throwers.

A counter complaint was filed by Glenn Ticlo against unknown persons for vandalizing his car. One person, who was caught red-handed, has been arrested, reports India Today.

With inputs from PTI, IANS & India Today

BJP’s former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra quits BJP, expected to join TMC on July 21

Bharatiya Janata Party’s former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra is expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21.

“We are in touch with Mr. Mitra and he is expected to join us, if everything goes alright,” a Trinamool Congress (TMC) official told The Hindu.

Mr. Mitra, however, told The Hindu on Wednesday that he would not comment till “next Monday” (July 23).

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Earlier the week, Mr. Mitra, a two-term Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, said that he had had a meeting with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.

“I met her [Mamata Banerjee] for advertisement in my paper in Kolkata. But we did not discuss about my joining [the TMC],” he told The Hindu on Monday.

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Mr. Mitra, owner of a Delhi-based English language daily, was always known for his proximity to Ms. Banerjee.

He is also a member of the BJP’s National Executive, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His name is still featuring in the BJP’s list of National Executive members.

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In an interview to news agency ANI, Mr. Mitra confirmed that he has quit the BJP. “I have given the resignation. I have not decided when or where I will join, I am not going to disclose it,” ANI quoted him as saying.

Source: The Hindu

BJP MP Gopal Shetty who sparked a row by calling Christians ‘angrez, resigns, but won’t apologize

Mumbai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mumbai Gopal Shetty stepped down from his post on Friday after sparking a row, calling Christians ‘angrez’ (foreigners). Shetty’s controversial remark came while he was addressing a gathering during the Eid-E-Milad organised by the Shia Kabrastan Committee at Malvani in Malad in Mumbai on Sunday.

Also Read: BJP MP Gopal Shetty abuses Christians using very vulgar language, says they are useless, good for nothing…

The BJP leader, however, claimed innocence saying that his words were wrongly interpreted. He further said that he has not said anything which could subject him to an apology. He expressed unhappiness towards his party for not withdrawing support and not standing by him. He refused to apologize and instead said he is ready to resign.

Also Read: Congress MLA Aslam Shaikh, Mumbai Congress strongly condemn BJP MP Gopal Shetty’s attack on Christians

Mumbai BJP president and MLA from Bandra West Ashish Shelar said that Shetty was asked to withdraw the statement. Defending Shetty, Shelar said that the BJP MP didn’t mean what he said. The party, however, doesn’t support such statements, added Shelar saying that they fully support the Christian community.

Also Read: Mumbai Christians file Police Complaint against Gopal Shetty for derogatory language against community, demand unconditional apology 

The BJP leader had on Sunday claimed that it was only the Hindus and the Muslims who played a role in India’s freedom struggle and not the Christians.

“Christians were British, hence they didn’t participate in the freedom movement. India was not freed by Hindus or Muslims, we fought as one, as Hindustanis for our independence,” Shetty can be heard as saying in the video.

Source: Zee Media Bureau

BJP pulls out of Jammu and Kashmir govt, Mehbooba Mufti resigns as chief minister

Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister on Tuesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its alliance with her People’s Democratic Party (PDP), potentially pushing the state towards Governor’s rule.

“Three years ago BJP formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir with the PDP with some goals. But now it has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government,” said BJP general secretary Ram Madhav at a press conference in Delhi.

“Keeping in mind the larger national interest of India’s integrity and security… in order to bring in control the situation prevailing in the state. It is time that the reins of power in state be handed over to the Governor,” said Madhav, referring to the state being administered by the Centre through Governor NN Vohra. The state can remain under governor’s rule for a year without the requirement of a reference to Parliament.

“Fundamental rights of people in Kashmir are under threat. Even press freedom and freedom of speech is at risk,” Madhav said, commenting on the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar on Thursday.

The Jammu and Kashmir elections in 2015 threw up a hung assembly, with no party getting the 45 seats needed for a majority in the 87-member house. The PDP was the largest party with 28 seats, followed closely by the BJP with 25, its highest tally ever in the state. The two parties came together after weeks of negotiations but it was always an uneasy relationship given their deep ideological differences on a range of issues. Their alliance came under extreme strain in April after the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Muslim community of Bakarwals in Jammu’s Kathua district.

Two BJP ministers of the state government were dropped in a cabinet reshuffle after they took part in a rally demanding that the Central Bureau of Investigation take over the Kathua case.

The Congress, which has 12 seats in the assembly, said it won’t ally with the the PDP. “The alliance has devastated the state, be it economically or socially, and has left Jammu and Kashmir in a state of ruins,” said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The National Conference, which was defeated in the 2015 elections and has 15 seats in the assembly, said it wants fresh elections. “At the earliest, the people should be given the chance to choose a government for themselves,” said party leader Omar Abdullah on Twitter.

A BJP leader, who spoke to HT on condition of anonymity, said violence in Kashmir is increasing and the party would have paid a “political cost” if it hadn’t ended the alliance. “You will see a quick improvement in the situation in Kashmir. The PDP was appeasing a political constituency, which was putting spanner in the works of the security forces,” said the BJP leader.

The BJP’s decision to exit the alliance with the PDP comes after the central government said on Sunday that it was discontinuing the suspension of military operations in Jammu and Kashmir as the holy Islamic month of Ramzan was over, and announced a full resumption of cordon-and-search and search-and-destroy operations in the state to prevent terror attacks. The ceasefire–the first such truce in the troubled state in more than 17 years–had been announced at the appeal of chief minister Mufti.

BJP leader and state deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said in Delhi that he and other party ministers resigned after meeting BJP president Amit Shah.

Source: Hindustan Times

Sitaram Yechury accuses BJP of trying to destabilise non-BJP state govts

Sitaram Yechury, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), accused the Modi government of trying to destabilise non-BJP state governments using the Governors’ offices in the country.

Yechury, who joined the protests launched by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi on Sunday against Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the alleged strike by IAS officers, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre of undermining federalism.

“Joining the protest rally to the Prime Minister’s residence today to express serious condemnation over the manner in which federalism, a fundamental feature of our Constitution, is being undermined by this BJP central government,” Yechury wrote on Twitter.

“Utilising the office of the Governors and Lt. Governors, the BJP central government is seeking to destabilise non-BJP democratically elected state governments. This is happening with the democratically elected governments in Delhi and in Puducherry,” he added.

The senior Communist leader said that the Modi dispensation is trying to install BJP governments despite the saffron party not winning the mandate.

“Governor’s office was used to install BJP governments even after they have lost elections, like in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya. The Governor’s office has been misused in Bihar to allow the BJP to enter the govt via the backdoor after losing assembly elections comprehensively,” he said.

Yechury said the office of the Governor was sought to be utilised “to hijack people’s mandate in Karnataka” which was thwarted.

He added that such efforts are destroying the already fragile centre-state relation which is the backbone of the federal essence of the Indian Constitution.

He said the Communists in India were the “first victims of such central authoritarian misuse of constitutional provisions” when the elected government in Kerala was “undemocratically” dismissed in 1959.

“This has happened with Left-led governments repeatedly in Kerala and West Bengal subsequently,” he said.

Source: The Statesman

Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab must be sacked by party, arrested by police: Goa Suraksha Yuva Manch

PANAJI: Goa Suraksha Yuva Manch, the youth wing of political party Goa Suraksha Manch, on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should expel its party member Vasudev Parab with immediate effect.

The directorate of revenue intelligence busted a Rs 40 crore drug smuggling racket and seized 67kg of narcotic substances at a unit operating from Pissurlem industrial estate, allegedly owned by BJP North Goa general secretary Parab.

Also Read: Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory raided as deadly drugs worth Rs 35 crore seized as inter-state racket in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa

“He should be sacked immediately and arrested. On one hand, the BJP is saying that it is cracking down on the drug trade in the state, and on the other hand its own party member is engaging in it,” said Nitin Phaldesai of Goa Suraksha Yuva Manch.

Also Read: DRI busts Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory illegally manufacturing Date Rape drug Ketamine

Atamaram Gaonkar said human trafficking is rampant in the state.

“Girls, often minors, are trafficked to Goa with the lure of a job. They are then pushed into prostitution in casinos and hotels,” he said.

Source: Times of India

Congress’ ‘Naman Tuka Goemkara’ Programme Is Mere Publicity Stunt- BJP

Panaji: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today ridiculed the ‘Jan Gan Man-Naman tuk Goemkara’ drive launched by the Congress party terming it as ‘publicity stunt.’

The programme, which is an attempt to reach out to common people to listen to their grievances, was launched on Monday by the congress party.

“The Naman Goemkara program of the Congress is a clear publicity stunt to misguide the people of Goa. This is nothing but a frustrated attempt by newly appointed Congress President Girish Chodankar,” Party spokesperson Dattaprasad Naik said addressing a press conference.

BJP leader called it a ‘tiatr’ directed by one of its spokespersons.

Naik was hinting at its newly appointed spokesperson and singer-musician Siddhanath Buyao.

 “Congress has lost its mental balance after the massive BJP’s booth karyakarta sammelan addressed by BJP National President Amit Shah,” Naik stated.