Not interested in Goa cabinet berth says Pacheco

In a complete volte-face, NCP legislator and former Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco said he is not interested in getting inducted into the state cabinet.

Panaji: In a complete volte-face, NCP
legislator and former Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco
on Wednesday said he is not interested in getting inducted into the
state cabinet.

After meeting NCP chief Sharad Pawar,
Pacheco said he has conveyed his disinterest in the cabinet
berth to the party high command and would instead continue
working for the party in the state.
"I have a great confidence in my leaders and want to work
for the party in Goa," said Pacheco, who had threatened to
quit the party demanding his induction in the cabinet, earlier
this month.

Pacheco was camping in Delhi for last three days and
held two rounds of talks with Pawar over the Goa issue. Few
of the state executive committee members also accompanied the
former Goa tourism minister in the talks.
The state executive had earlier threatened to resign
en-mass demanding ministerial position to Pacheco, who had to
quit after his name cropped up in a murder case.

Pacheco said he told the party chief how Congress-led
government was "ill-treating " NCP in Goa.

"The high command has made note of the problems and
has assured to intervene in the matter," he said.

The legislator had said on Tuesday that the NCP was
mulling the possibility of withdrawing from the state
government and decision in this regard would be taken in the
meeting today.

However, sources said the Delhi meeting did not discuss
the withdrawal issue.

The NCP leader was tipped to be inducted in the cabinet
in December last year by dropping both the party ministers.
But his plans were scuttled after both the ministers revolted
against the party high command refusing to step down.

The Congress party too supported the beleaguered NCP
ministers refusing to induct Pacheco despite Pawar requesting
for the same.

PTI

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