Goa House adjourned five times over fish row

Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant was forced to adjourn proceedings five times during the Question Hour on Thursday, the first day of the monsoon session after the Opposition, Congress, insisted on discussing the issue of formalin use in fish sold in the State ahead of all other business.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar moved an adjournment motion and insisted on raising the issue before Question Hour.

“All 16 (Congress) MLAs have signed the notice of motion of adjournment. This formalin issue should be discussed first. Not at the time of calling attention motion,” Mr. Kavlekar said.

Repeated disruptions

The Congress legislators repeatedly disrupted the attempts of the Speaker to carry on the Question Hour and rushed to the well of the House.

“The fish mafia is killing Goans and spreading slow poison. They are merchants of greed, evil and horror … [They] are supported by this party, yesterday by our party, tomorrow they will be with some other party,” former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro said.

The Speaker, however, said that since calling attention motions had been moved by both Congress and BJP MLAs the issue could be discussed later. When the Opposition did not relent, the Speaker adjourned the assembly proceedings till 12 noon and four more times later.

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