The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA and former deputy chief minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, on Thursday, demanded a CBI inquiry into the decision of the state government of reducing the road tax by 50 per cent on the purchase of new vehicles between October to December 2019.
Dhavalikar charged that the decision of reducing road tax by 50 per cent was taken with vested interest, and thus it should be probed by the CBI.
“When automobile companies were introducing schemes to sell outdated series vehicles, there was no need to reduce the road tax by 50 per cent by the state government. Due to this particular decision, the state treasury has lost revenue of Rs 48 crore,” Dhavalikar said.
Pointing out that the finance department had not given approval to the proposal of reducing the road tax on purchase of new vehicles, the MGP leader alleged that it was done with vested interest.
Meanwhile, the MGP has appointed former Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal as its working president and decided to continue with the same central committee of the party till March 31, 2020 on account of the upcoming Zilla Panchayat elections.
MGP president Pandurang ‘Dipak’ Dhavalikar told the media that a joint meeting of executive committee and working committee of the party has decided to amend the party’s constitution.
“MGP is an oldest regional party of Goa, and still functions with old constitution. In order to open the opportunities for youths as well as people from all religions and castes, it is decided to amend the constitution of the party,” he added.
He further informed that the party will begin ‘Jan-Andolan’, a mass movement, to create awareness on importance of River Mhadei from January 19.
“Over 500 party workers will march to Uste village of the Sattari taluka, an originating point of River Mhadei, on next Sunday. MGP has decided to create awareness on the importance of Mhadei by visiting all villages along banks of river,” he said.
Sudin Dhavalikar said that he and Sawal will lead the mass movement on the Mhadei issue, and create awareness in Sattari, Bicholim, Sakhali, Cumbharjua, Usgao, Pomburpa, Mapusa and also in the Pernem taluka.
“Mhadei is our lifeline and it is duty of every citizen of the state to protect it from being diverted,” he said, adding that Karnataka has already diverted 27 per cent of water from the Mhadei basin.
Sawal advised the Sawant-led government to work for protecting River Mhadei rather than blaming the past governments for the diversion of the river water.