“If I had a brother-in-law facing such allegation, I would have broken-off all ties and sent him to jail for a lifetime,” said Kejriwal.AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for protecting his brother-in-law tainted with corruption charges.
Coming down heavily on his Goa counterpart, Kejriwal said the CM was making it clear that dual law exists in the state. “One law for the state and one for his brother-in-law. If I had a brother-in-law facing such allegation, I would have broken-off all ties and sent him to jail for a lifetime,” he said speaking to a section of small and medium hoteliers association at Calangute on Wednesday.In 2015, Dilip Malvankar, a senior officer at Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), was suspended after being apprehended by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for accepting bribe. But Dilip was reinstated back to the post, attracting criticism against the government.
Meanwhile, at the meeting, several small and medium hoteliers from the state poured out their woes to Kejriwal of haphazard concretisation and deterioration of ‘green tourism’ in Goa.
The stakeholders complained on several issues such as traffic mismanagement, poor garbage handling, unregulated taxi service, prostitution and drugs. “Only 20 percent of 10,000 small hotels, shacks, guest houses have registered their business due to complex permit and licencing process. The government never focused on the ease of doing business for the traders, subsequently traders are forced to take short-cuts to run illegal operation and then governments pretends to protect them in return for electoral favors,” a guest-house owner Walter Lobo said.While condemning the subsequent Goa governments for replacing state’s natural green cover with concrete, Kejriwal said that the government of the day did so on behest of the construction company who filled their electoral funds. “Even procedures are made complicated and licencing authorities are fragmented so that at each level the traders are forced to cough-up amount that eventually reaches the party’s treasury,” he said.
He assured that the AAP party will draft a manifesto in consultation with the hotel and other tourist stakeholder.
Kejriwal said that unlike 27 licencing agencies for holding events earlier, the Delhi government has removed redundant bodies and made it an online process. “For Zubin Mehta show, the organisers said that they were able obtain permission 20 minutes via online portal,” he said.
He waved-off his hand indicating ‘no’ and nodded his head side to side, on being asked about social network rumour if AAP planned to ban alcohol in Goa if voted to power and suggested that party does not endorse high command culture
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