Goa Forward Party (GFP) has opined that the haste with which the State Cabinet extension was done on Monday by inducting two ministers could have been avoided by the state government.
GFP is an alliance partner of the BJP in state and of the NDA in the Centre.
“The induction of the new ministers into the Cabinet could have been done in a better way, by taking all concerned Ministers and MLAs on board,” expressed GFP President and TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai.
In the Goa Cabinet reshuffle, Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar were dropped on the grounds of ill-health and Nilesh Cabral and Milind Naik were sworn in as ministers are were given the ministerial portfolios of Power and Urban Development.
“The cabinet expansion; the manner and the speed in which it was done, could have been avoided. It has ruffled some feathers“ Sardesai expressed. “I have nothing against the newly inducted ministers. It is an internal issue of the BJP, we have no right to discuss that but in politics one should ensure that any political move, which hurts people and results in bad blood, should be avoided.”
Francis D’Souza has openly expressed his disappointment in not being informed about the decision of the Centre and State. “This what I get for loyalty to the BJP party for 20-years, that I was not even taken into confidence about my removal from the ministerial post.”
Similarly, wife of the Pandurang Madkaikar expressed shock and disillusionment because no one – either Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar or BJP Goa President Vinay Tendulkar informed her or her ailing husband, who is currently in a Mumbai hospital, about his removal from the ministerial post, she heard it from party workers.
No sooner two ministers were inducted, Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar, who is supporting the Parrikar-led government, tendered his resignation as Chairman of the state-run Goa Forest Development Corporation.