Panaji, Mar 23 : Taking objection to appointment of two Deputy Chief Ministers by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government, Congress in Goa approached Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) demanding direction to the state government to withdraw the order of appointment.
Addressing a press conference at the party state headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Media Department Convenor Trajano D'Mello said,'We have complained to Chief Election Commissioner, New Delhi, and demanded that the government be directed to immediately recall the order of appointment as it it violates Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which is in force in the state.'
Stating that a copy of the complaint had been sent to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state as well, Mr D'Mello said the CEO should explain to the people of the state why action has not been initiated when it was clear that there was violation of Model Code of Conduct.
He said the party expected a response from the Election Commission before process of filing of nomination papers stated.
Advocate Rohit Bras D Sa, Spokesperson, GPCC, questioned the urgency of the appointment of the Deputy Chief Minister and allocation of portfolios among the ministers.
'What was urgency for appointing Deputy Chief Ministers? Or even allocation portfolios among ministers which was violation of Business Rules?,' he asked and alleged that the exercise had been done to carry favour to certain voters.
'We expect the voters to look into the matter and also take suo moto cognisance of the allocation of portfolios,' he said.