Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday ruled the possibility of dissolving the State Legislative Assembly and said the present government would continue to function ahead of the counting on March 11.
As per Article 174 of the Indian Constitution, the state Legislative Assembly should meet at least once in every six months, failing which the Governor may dissolve the legislative assembly.
For Goa, it was due before February 26 as the last assembly session was held on August 26. The Governor could not summon the session as the Election Model Code of Conduct is imposed since January 4.
Goa witnessed a four-cornered contest for elections to 40 assembly seats on February 4.
“After the elections, now we are waiting for the counting. The question of dissolution doesn’t arise. The government continues to function…the cabinet also continues to exist but we are not holding any meetings as we can’t take policy decisions,” Parsekar told PTI in an interview here.
When asked if it would be difficult for the new chief minister to take over the office, Parsekar said, “I don’t think that time will come. I am confident,” exuding confidence that the BJP would win the polls and that he would continue to retain his position.
Regarding upcoming budget session, he said it would not be difficult to table the Budget before March 31 as the respective departments are already working on compiling their bit.
“Though there is restriction on the government, the administration has continued its work. It won’t be a big challenge to place the budget before March 31. The new CM gets
15 days before it,” he said.
The CM apprised that he has not taken any policy decision recently under the current circumstances though he has instructed senior officials of various departments to clear filed at their level and filter their numbers forwarded to him for clearance.
He further said that the financial affairs of the state are on the track.
“All pensions and fund for social welfare schemes are getting released as per the schedule. We have barred only new sanctions for this month till new government is in place,” he said.
Parsekar said he is anticipating that the Election Code of Conduct should be lifted in the next couple of days.
“We have not written to the Election Commission, but I feel in next couple of days the restrictions under code of conduct should be relaxed,” he said.
Responding to a question, Parsekar said that if he had to quit the CM’s post post results, he will concentrate on the educational institution, run by him in Mandrem constituency.
“I have handled responsibly all assignments given to me by the party. If I am not given responsibility as CM, then I would be in a position to give next five years to my institution,” he said.