AAP says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar went ‘overboard’ in arresting Tarun Tejpal

Panaji, Mar 29: Aam Aadmi Party today accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of going “overboard” in “chasing” Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal but failing to arrest ministers involved in illegal mining scam.

“You (Parrikar) have chased Tejpal enough. But you have yet to arrest ministers involved in mining scam,” AAP leader and South Goa candidate Swati Kerkar said addressing a public meeting here.

Tejpal is in jail here for allegedly raping his woman colleague at ThinkFest here last year. AAP national leader Manish Sisodia was present at the public meeting.

Kerkar, the only woman candidate in Goa, is in fray against Narendra Sawaikar of BJP and Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco of Congress. Kerkar alleged that Parrikar had been “inactive” against a select few involved in illegal mining.

“People will teach you a lesson in 2017 (Legislative Assembly elections) and also in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls,” Kerkar said. Earlier, AAP local leader Satish Sonak questioned government’s “inaction” in not arresting miners involved in illegal mining scam.

“The state government has been silent against mine owners and whatever action taken is only against small fish,” he alleged. Rampant irregularities in mining have been found in Goa which is the largest exporter of iron ore.

The state crime branch has arrested several traders and former director of mines and geology department Arvind Lolienkar in this connection.

  • JoeGoaUk

    My take:

    ‘Handling of Tejpal Case’ by the BJP Govt has become talk of the town.
    Most say, Govt was quick to take action against Tejpal but failed to take any action against the rapist (a 7 year old child was raped in her school toilet in Jan. 2013 at Vasco)

    Swati was trying to make similar reference in her speech

    Looks like some political opponents etc are making big issue out of it.

    Whole 9.5 mins speech is here
    Or start at 6.45 till 7.45

    Rough translation would be..
    50% electorate are women..Crime against women during the day..Today women are not safe in the streets, house or in the village..Crimes against school kids etc but no arrest yet (culprits still at large).. not even the home minister bothered about it…we need to tell him now..as he has done enough in Tejpal case, he should do something in Goan cases too or else Goan will do something about him in 2017 (elections)

  • India(Delhi)

    Appeal by consent is the main question. ? Does the effecting party Appeal? Did any social activists Appealed? Did People of Goa Appealed? Without application, what action can be taken? Police could see crime, but, some one has to register a complaint or else co-workers will say, spoiled the chances of little income from the share…….

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