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Speaker drops Parrikar from public accounts committee


Panaji : In a late development Friday, speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Pratapsing Rane replaced Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar as chairman of the public accounts committee (PAC), with a BJP legislator who has been linked with a move to the Congress party.

The order issued late Friday evening comes hours after Parrikar accused Rane of siding with the Congress and protecting “a person” involved in Goa’s multi-thousand crore rupee illegal mining scam, which was documented by the PAC.

Parrikar’s outburst had followed the refusal of Rane to table the PAC report in the house Friday. The report questions the role of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in sheltering the mining scam and blames the politician-bureaucrat-mining lobby for Goa’s Rs.3,500 crore scam.

The speaker, in his order, has replaced Parrikar with BJP legislator from Canacona Vijay Pai Khot, who was recently linked with a move to join the ruling Congress party.