Panaji, Apr 16 (PTI) A Congress delegation met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha today to demand the setting aside of decisions taken by the Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC), a body the party has termed “unconstitutional”.

The CAC, formed to guide the state administration in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, comprises Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party, Francis D’Souza of the BJP and Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.

Talking to reporters after meeting the Governor,? Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Shantaram Naik said, “There is no provision in the Constitution to form a cabinet advisory committee to replace the powers of the chief minister.”

He added, “As per the Constitution, the Chief Minister should have appointed an officiating in charge or caretaker CM to handle the affairs of the state,” he said.

He claimed that since Parrikar’s hospitalisation, there was “no government” to aid and advice the Governor as laid down by the Constitution.

The delegation also demanded a white paper on the decisions taken by the CAC since February this year, when the Budget Session of the Legislative Assembly was adjourned after the state budget was tabled.

He demanded that a bulletin be issued on Parrikar, stating that the people of Goa needed to be told about the CM’s health.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that the Governor should immediately summon the Budget Session, which was curtailed due to the ill-health of Parrikar.

“The ruling party should take a suo motu initiative to convene the session immediately,” he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.