Congress warns coalition partners in Goa
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 00:20
Panaji: Amidst frequent threat by its coalition partners to pull out of the government, the Congress in Goa on Monday asserted that they are in a strong position to win in case of fresh elections in the state.

The Congress Legislative Party (CLP), which met here, authorised Chief Minister Digamber Kamat to discuss the issue with the party high command and take appropriate stand.

"The Chief Minister will be meeting Congress high command and discuss the issue with them. The Congress is in good situation in the state and can seek a fresh verdict, if need arises," CLP spokesman Mauvin Godinho told reporters outside the Chief Minister's official residence here.

All the seven non-Congress legislators in the ruling coalition - three from NCP, two from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), one from United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP) and an Independent, have formed a pressure group, G7, to keep a tab on functioning of the three-year-old Kamat Government.

G7, which claims blessings of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had warned the Chief Minister against dropping any of them from the cabinet. Of the seven, five are Cabinet ministers.

The CLP resolved not to give in to the pressure tactics of G7, which has consolidated itself after an unsuccessful attempt by Congress to drop MGP legislator Ramakrishna Dhavalikar from the Cabinet.

The CLP spokesman said the NCP was not adhering to coalition dharma.


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 00:20

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