Goa Speaker Rajendra Arlekar of the BJP said that the decision to allow functioning of the House on Wednesday was taken by the business advisory committee, which comprises representatives from all political parties, including Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane of the Congress.

Rane, however, boycotted the Assembly proceedings on Wednesday to protest the Speaker's decision to hold the assembly sitting on the Eid day.

Arlekar accused his detractors of indulging in petty politics for their criticism of a collective decision. "Some people here are trying to indulge in petty politics by saying that a functioning assembly on Bakr-i-Eid was not right. They are just indulging in petty politics. We bear no ill-will towards our Muslim brethren," Arlekar said, wishing people "Eid mubarak".

While the BJP-led state government has announced a public holiday on Wednesday, staff of the state assembly was asked to remain present. All heads of departments, except for those who are Muslim, were also asked to remain present at the assembly.


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