Cong goes ahead with disqualification petition; Speaker says “after Assembly”
PORVORIM: Even as the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee went ahead with the disqualification against its MLAs Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat, the Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Ramesh Tawadkar, said he would take the petition under consideration only after the monsoon session is over.
“Yes, my office has received the petition of the Congress party for the disqualification of Michael Lobo and Digambar Kamat, but as you know right now, I am busy with the Assembly session and will have a look at it only after this session is over,’ Speaker Tawadkar told reporters.
He refused to reveal the contents of the disqualification, saying he had not had a look at it.
However, the GPCC president Amit Patkar, who is aggressively pursuing a petition, said that there are enough grounds for disqualification.
“Not attending CLP meeting is itself ground enough for disqualification,” said Patkar.
He said in a similar case in Karnataka, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Speaker.
When pointed out that Lobo had attended the CLP meeting in Miramar and Margao, he said, “I do not want to comment, and our desk in charge has already spoken to media.”
After teh drama, Michael Lobo last evening met the Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Wasnik and clarified his position.
He told the media that he only failed to attend the press conference, which cannot be ground for disqualification.