A one-day special session of the State Legislative Assembly will be held on February 28, the Goa government conveyed. Governor Mridula Sinha will address this special session. Also this will be the last session conducted under the present BJP-led government, before the results of the polls.
“The Governor has summoned a special session of the Legislative Assembly on February 28 which will start at 11 AM. The session would be addressed by Governor Mridula Sinha,” said State Legislature Secretary Nilkant Subhedar. – PTI
Reportedly he revealed that at the session, condolences will be paid to some prominent persons who have recently passed away.
Goa CM, Laxmikant Parsekar said that the session is being convened to avoid any constitutional issues. This is in reference to the petition filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues to the High Court who sought the apex court to direct the Goa Government to comply with the mandate of Article 174 of the Constitution by either summoning a session or dissolving the Goa Legislative Assembly.
Accordingly the High Court of Bombay at Goa had directed the Goa government to inform it on its stand of the Supreme Court judgement making it mandatory to convene session of the Legislative Assembly within six months of its last sitting by February 27.
Rodrigues had pointed out that the last session of the Goa Legislative Assembly was on August 31, 2016 and that the Law department had in November last year moved a file for summoning the session, failing which on January 6, 2017 it had opined that the Assembly needed to be dissolved.
To avoid a constitutional contradiction on the government’s part this special session is convened and is expected to be attended by 32 legislators out of the total 40 members as eight resigned in the run-up to the state polls.