The Goa Bachao Abhiyan held a meeting in the city to protest the promulgation of the ordinance where a former governor spoke saying that his conscience wouldn't permit him to remain silent. Mr Mohamad Fazal former governor of Goa termed the ordinance immoral and something which was done in undue haste to benefit a particular entity.
The Goa Bachao Abhiyan observed March 23rd as a Black Day even as the "land Acquisition bill 2009" was being introduced in the assembly on Monday evening. The former governor Mr Fazal also lambasted the government saying that even dictators in the past had not resorted to such ordinances and pointed out the absence of public interest in the whole exercise.
The ordinance also came for some legal scrutiny where speakers pointed out a possible loophole from the legal angle while specifying the need for a prior approval of the President before promulgating the ordinance
Speakers who spoke at the meeting were ex convenor of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan Dr Oscar Rebello, Fr Maverick Fernandes, Claude Alvares, Dr Francisco Colaco, Venita Coelho, Seby Rodrigues, Satish Sonak and GBA convenor Sabina Martins