The Ganv Ghor Rakhon Manch ( GGRM) an NGO, held a silent protest outside the office of the directorate of Panchayats in Panjim demanding the quashing of the proposal for amending the Goa panchayati raj act 1994.
Groups of villagers from villages such as Curtorim, Carmona, Navelim, Davondem, Benaulim, Varca, Orlim, Nuvem, San jose de Areal, Arpora, Candolim, Calangute, Taleigao and Nerul came together with the members of the GGRM outside the Junta hall in Panjim to protest against the governments decision.
Speakers pointed out the governments attempts to undermine the rule of law and the spirit of the constitution.
Effigies of the Chief Minister and the leader of the opposition Mr Manohar Parrikar and the Panchayati raj Minister Mr Babu Azgaonkar were roughed up with shoes and sticks.The effigies had no eyes , no mouth and no ears, which some protester said was depicting the politicians of Goa who cannot see , speak nor hear the problems of the common man of Goa.
Warning that the patience of the people is running out, the protesters lamented that their memorandum made to the Chief Minister around 10 days back with an ultimatum on the subject had not been heeded and threatened to intensify the agitation if the government continues to undermine the protest.