NCP sending emissary to Goa after 2 ministers refuse to quit

The NCP is sending its emissary to Goa to deal with the situation arising out of the refusal of two party ministers to resign from the state cabinet.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 17:49 PM IST

Panaji: The NCP is sending its emissary to
Goa to deal with the situation arising out of the refusal of
two party ministers to resign from the state cabinet.

NCP National General secretary Prakash Bhingsale will be
here this evening to hold separate discussions with the party
office-bearers and Congess Chief Minister Digamber Kamat,
sources said today.

However, publicly the party, a key partner in the
Congress-led ruling coalition, was not willing to say much.

"Bhingsale is coming, but I don`t know what is his
brief," NCP Goa unit President Surendra Sirsat said.

NCP had asked Revenue Minister Jose Philip D`Souza and
Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar to quit after an internal
inquiry established that both were hobnobbing with the
Congress legislators.

A confidential meeting called at Goa Pradesh Congress
Committee General Secretary Vijay Sardesai`s residence last
Wednesday had triggered speculation about their future
political move.

After NCP asked D`Souza and Halarnkar to quit, a group
of Congress legislators and Ministers had claimed that they
will not allow the coalition partner to the drop the two. This
further ruffled the feathers in the Sharad Pawar-headed party.

In his meeting with Kamat, who belongs to the
Congress, Bhingsale is expected to push for induction of NCP
legislator Fransisco Mickey Pacheco in the Cabinet in place of
one of the two party Ministers.

PTI