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Khaunte corners govt on memorial to Parrikar



Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte on Tuesday offered to raise funds from the people for constructing a ‘samadhi’ at Miramar to former chief minister the late Manohar Parrikar.

“Parrikar was remembered in the House today on the occasions of Guru Purnima. If you have the same respect for him which you had when he (Parrikar) was here then why not even a stone has been placed at the site? Why no progress has been made to construct the samadhi,” questioned Khaunte taking a jibe at Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who opened his speech on the second day of the monsoon session of the state legislative assembly by paying his tributes to Parrikar.

Sawant maintained that it was due to Parrikar that he sits on the chair of the Chief Minister in the House.

Speaking during the cut motion moved by Opposition MLAs on Governor Mridula Sinha’s speech in the House, Khaunte said that if the government was falling short of funds then he would not mind calling out the people of the state to contribute for construction of the samadhi for Parrikar at Miramar, where he was cremated on March 18, this year.

“The place at Miramar where a memorial is supposed to be constructed has been completely neglected… Strong winds have blown away the tin-sheets… Unwanted things have entered the space. If the government is not bothered and if they can’t do anything then I will collect the required money from the people,” he said.

The Chief Minister was quick to respond and urged Speaker of the House Rajesh Patnekar to ensure that the issues raised by Khaunte are beyond the

Governor’s speech.

“There is no need to collect money. The government has already begun the process… we will soon construct the memorial using our own funds,” Sawant said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manohar Azgaonkar and Power Minister Nilesh Cabral warned Khaunte against politicising the samadhi matter.

“The thought and feelings shown should transform into something concrete,” Khaunte concluded.  

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