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Goa Congress moves to remove Speaker

Seen as a bid to mount pressure on the BJP-led coalition government
Congress MLAs in Goa on Friday submitted a 14-day notice to the Goa State Legislature Secretary, preparatory to moving a motion for the removal of the Speaker, Pramod Sawant.
The notice comes while the House is not in session.
The move by the opposition party is seen as a bid to mount pressure on the BJP-led coalition government in Goa with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and two other senior Ministers incapacitated due to ill health. The Congress Legislative Party has already submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha earlier this week claiming that the BJP-led government was in a minority and that it should be asked to take a floor test in the House. Friday’s notice, which was signed by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar and other MLAs, was filed under rule 243 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Goa Legislative Assembly said: “We the undersigned MLAs of Goa do hereby propose to move the following motion for removal of Dr. Pramod Sawant as Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Goa on expiry of 14-day notice period”.
The notice moved by the Congress to remove the Speaker would facilitate a motion for floor test, but will come into operation only after the House is summoned. An Assembly session to facilitate the floor test can only be summoned by the Governor on the advice of the Cabinet.
Following Mr. Parrikar’s hospitalisation last week, the BJP’s allies — the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) and three Independent legislators — have stepped up pressure for more power sharing.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/goa-congress-moves-to-remove-speaker/article25011463.ece

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