PANAJI: The speaker of the Goa Assembly, Ramesh Tawadkar, stated that there is no set period of time for determining whether to grant disqualification petitions and that the idea of a “time-bound decision” is nonexistent in this situation.
Tawadkar asserted that the parties are requesting more time, not him, and that he is listening to them while claiming that the disqualification petition is still pending.
Tawadkar made his statement at the same moment that he had previously gone on record promising to establish a deadline for deciding the disqualification petition against eight MLAs who had defected. In the High Court of Bombay in Goa, he was also recorded as promising to hear the petitions and make a prompt decision.
Tawadkar said that the parties are requesting more time for arguments. Tawadkar is currently hearing four disqualification petitions, three of which are directed at eight former Congress MLAs and one against Digambar Kamat and Michael Lobo, two MLAs who voluntarily left the Congress party.
It’s not like I’m purposefully putting off the issue. Regular hearings take place, and the parties in question request time, so it is my responsibility to grant their request. It is unfair to hold me responsible for the hearing delays because there are numerous cases that have been pending for years in the courts, according to Tawadkar.
Dominic Noronha filed a disqualification petition before Tawadkar, targeting eight rebel Congress MLAs who had defected to the BJP in September of last year. On December 15, the case will now be heard on its merits.
Additionally, beginning on November 8, there will be arguments regarding the petition filed by Congress President Amit Patkar.