PANAJI: Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Yuri Alemao said that the opposition is being muzzled by the BJP government and that if the custom of allowing one question from the ruling party and another from the opposition party is not adhered to, he will boycott the next legislative assembly session.
The Goa Legislative Assembly will meet six days between February 2 and February 9.
Alemao stated that there is a possibility that the legislature department will take mixed questions during a press conference following a meeting of legislators from opposition parties.
The opposition has rattled the BJP government. It is attempting to muffle the opposition’s voice. If “dadagiri” and dictatorship remain a part of the tradition, we will boycott the upcoming assembly. Alemao declared, “It is not in the interest of democracy.”
“What we can see is that the legislature department has allowed mixed questions. This means there will not be proper opportunity for the opposition to discuss their questions on the floor,” Alemao said.
He said that Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar should immediately reinstate the old way of allowing the questions or else “opposition parties have unanimously decided to boycott the session.”
He declared that if the custom of allowing one question from the ruling party and one from the opposition party per se is not adhered to, the opposition will boycott the assembly session.
“I’ve heard from sources that it will require a combination of questions (from the ruling and opposition).” If the outdated practice is discontinued, it will be unfair to the opposition, he declared.
According to him, if the current convention is stopped, the opposition will not have the chance to voice their concerns because the ruling MLAs outnumber them.