Goa cupboard reshuffle: 3 Congress defectors possess oath as ministers

PANAJI: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant dropped four ministers from his cabinet on Saturday and replaced them with three defectors from Congress and a BJP MLA. Former opposition leader Chandrakant Kavalekar, former minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues and Jennifer Monserrate were administered oath of office by governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan. All three rebels were…

Goa cupboard reshuffle: 3 Congress defectors possess oath as ministers

PANAJI:

Goa chief minister

Pramod Sawant dropped four ministers from his cupboard on Saturday and changed them with three defectors from

Congress

and a BJP MLA.

Ragged opposition chief Chandrakant Kavalekar, historical minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues and Jennifer Monserrate were administered oath of administrative heart by governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan. All three rebels were portion of the 10-member Congress splinter crew.

Calangute MLA and BJP chief Michael Lobo turned into also sworn-in as minister within the recount cupboard.

Kavalekar, who led the Congress rebels to affix the saffron celebration, is seemingly to be made deputy chief minister. He’s a four-time MLA from Quepem.

Jennifer is the spouse of Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate. Atanasio had wrested the seat from BJP which turned into represented by historical chief minister Manohar Parrikar for in relation to 25 years.

Rodrigues has served as a minister both within the BJP and Congress governments within the previous.

Fancy Jennifer, Lobo has change into a minister for the first time and has served as a deputy speaker.

Portfolios will seemingly be dispensed to the four later within the day, sources talked about.

Chief minister Pramod Sawant, who took over the reins of the recount following the demise of Parrikar, dropped three ministers of BJP’s ally – Goa Forward Occasion (GFP) – earlier within the day.

Deputy CM Vijai Sardesai, fisheries minister Vindo Paliencar, housing minister Jayesh Salgaonkar as smartly as Honest MLA from Porvorim Rohan Khaunte were dropped by the Sawant-led authorities.

Following Sardesai’s circulation, GFP talked about it may maybe per chance well well withdraw give a enhance to to the authorities.

In the 40-member house, BJP has 27 MLAs, Congress 5, GFP three, Independents three and NCP one.

‘Loss of life of Parrikar’s legacy’Outgoing deputy chief minister Vijai Sardesai talked about the induction of ten MLAs of the Congress into the BJP turned into the “loss of life of the legacy” of leisurely chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

The Congress in Goa had suffered a body blow earlier this week when 10 of its 15 MLAs switched over to the BJP, a pattern that raised the ruling stock within the 40-member Dwelling to 27.

Subsequently, chief minister Pramod Sawant dropped four ministers – three of the Goa Forward Occasion (GFP), at the side of Sardesai, and one Honest – from his cupboard.

“Parrikar died twice…once on March 17 physically while on the present time it is a ways the loss of life of his political legacy,” Sardesai told a gathering held shut to Parrikar memorial at Miramar.

Sardesai added that two days prior to Parrikar died, he had met him, and the sick chief minister had requested him to proceed his give a enhance to to the BJP-led coalition authorities even after his loss of life for the tubby term of 5 years.

“I requested him (Parrikar) what is on your thoughts about the avenue ahead after you. He turned into bleeding from his lungs. He talked about, ‘Vijai both of us came collectively for 5 years, regardless of whether or now not I am there or now not,’ That’s why we had supported Pramod Sawant,” Sardesai talked about.

The historical deputy CM talked about that thanks to his commitment to Parrikar, he did now not join any strive to overthrow the BJP-led coalition authorities, even supposing he had a “standing offer” for extra than a Three hundred and sixty five days, from the Congress to change sides and change into CM.

(With inputs from PTI)

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