Panaji: In what could be a major
rebellion against the high command, Nationalist Congress
Party’s (NCP) Goa ministers held a meeting of their supporters
resisting to quit from the Cabinet warning the party leaders
of mass resignations.
In a two major public meetings held in the
constituencies represented by Revenue Minister Jose Philip
D`Souza and Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar, on Sunday, the
supporters warned the high command against dropping them from
The meeting at Vasco, a constituency of D`Souza,
adopted a resolution against NCP`s state coordinator Praful
Hede, who had asked both the ministers to resign.
"There will be mass resignations from the party, if
the minister is dropped," said Kritesh Gaonkar, D’Souza’s
close associate, addressing a gathering.
"This is a conspiracy against D’Souza to sabotage his
political career," Gaonkar, former chairperson of Mormugao
Municipal council, said.
D`Souza and Halarnkar have been asked to resign by
their state party president Surendra Sirsat pending enquiry
against them. Both the ministers were allegedly hobnobbing
with the Congress legislators in the state which prompted the
party to initiate probe against them.
NCP had said that they want to induct legislator
Fransisco Pacheco into the cabinet by dropping the ministers.