Fate of two NCP ministers who quit Goa Cabinet undecided

The fate of two NCP ministers from Goa, who tendered their resignations to party chief Sharad Pawar, hangs in balance as the party is yet to take a call on the matter.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 10:50 AM IST

Panaji: The fate of two NCP ministers from
Goa, who tendered their resignations to party chief Sharad
Pawar, hangs in balance as the party is yet to take a call on
the matter.

NCP`s Goa unit chief Surendra Sirsat said that Pawar is
yet to respond to the resignations of Revenue Minister Jose
Philip D`Souza and Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar, who
quit from the Cabinet on Monday alleging lack of development
in the state.

They put down their papers before Pawar but not the Chief
Minister.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that he is yet to
receive the resignation from the ministers. "It is their
internal party matter. I will react only when I receive their
resignations," he said.

Both the ministers had claimed in their resignation that
they are quitting the Cabinet because they were not satisfied
with the development in the state. NCP is in alliance with
Congress in Goa.

The resignation came days before the state Legislative
Assembly`s meet tomorrow to present the annual Budget.

Sirsat said Pawar was impressed with the stand taken by
the ministers, who have proved their loyalty to the party.

Apparently, the duo was under immense pressure to quit as
Pawar had asked both the ministers to step down from the
Cabinet after they were found hobnobbing with Congress leaders
in the state.

NCP had decided to induct third NCP legislator Fransisco
Micky Pacheco in the Cabinet after dropping them but Congress
had resisted the move.

Goa Legislative Assembly has 20 Congress, 14 BJP, 2
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), 3 NCP and one
independent legislator.

PTI