Goa NCP unit president ready to quit for Pacheco

Nationalist Congress Party`s Goa Unit Chief Jose Philip D`Souza on Saturday said he is ready to step down from the post to pave way for his party colleague, Fransisco Mickey Pacheco.

Panaji: Nationalist Congress Party`s Goa Unit Chief Jose Philip D`Souza on Saturday said he is ready to step down from the post to pave way for his party colleague, Fransisco Mickey Pacheco.

"After municipal elections (scheduled on October 31), I will meet party high command in Delhi and request them to appoint Pacheco as NCP Goa President," D`Souza, who is also
state revenue minister, told a news agency.

Both, D`Souza and Pacheco had engaged in a public fight this week in the port town of Vasco forcing the party to call an emergency meeting.

Pacheco is a NCP legislator, had to resign as Goa Tourism Minister after his name was embroiled in the controversy related to death of his friend, Nadia Torrado.

D`Souza had claimed that his supporters attacked Pacheco because he was distributing money to vote against his panel while Pacheco had refuted the allegations.

"Micky (Pacheco) has made a statement in the media that he can get 10 seats for NCP during forthcoming state legislative assembly elections. If that`s the case than it is
good for the party," D`Souza said.

"I want the party to grow. I am telling you this at serious note that I will be urging high command to appoint Pacheco at the helm of party affairs," he added.

NCP is a part of Congress-led government in the state with two out of its three legislators inducted in the cabinet.

PTI

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