Protesters demand resignation of Goa CM Parrikar

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Panaji: The Parrikar government in Goa has suffered a massive blow as hundreds of protesters marched to his residence demanding his resignation.

The protesters, under the banner of ‘People’s March For Restoration of Governance’, gathered in front of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s residence and demanded his resignation within 48 hours. They gave the CM an “ultimatum” of 48 hours.

Alleging that the governance in Goa is suffering as the Chief Minister is ailing for a long time; the protesters demanded a full-time and active chief minister for the state.

The protest march was attended by other political parties including Congress. The other political parties including Shiv Sena and NCP also supported the protest march. A group of social activists and NGOs had organized the protest rally.

They demanded that the Chief Minister must resign as he has not been keeping good health and under treatment.  An official informed that Parrikar refused to meet the protesters as he is unwell. The protesters were prevented entry to Parrikar’s residence.

If Parrikar doesn’t step down within 48 hours, they will be forced to stage a state wide agitation, the protesters said. A number of Congress leaders, Goa unit chief  Girish Chodankar, leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar were among those who participated in the protest march.

The Goa Chief Minister has been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

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