Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat
on Saturday said NCP leader Fransisco Pacheco had taken the "right
decision" in resigning from the state cabinet after his name
cropped up in connection with the death of a friend.
Pacheco, who held the Tourism portfolio, quit this
afternoon, a day after he was grilled for over eight hours by
Crime Branch over the death of Nadia Torrado (28), a close
The 28-year-old woman died in Chennai on Sunday after
allegedly consuming poison.
"It was a right decision (by Pacheco) to quit because
the NCP high command had asked him to do so," Kamat said.
Asked about the case, the Chief Minister said, "I
can`t comment on it at this juncture. Police are doing their
Kamat said he had spoken to NCP President Sharad Pawar
in the morning and had briefed him about the events.
He said Congress and NCP high commands will jointly
take a decision on who will replace Pacheco, who was also
holding Housing Board and Ports portfolios, in the Cabinet.
Party sources said the Cabinet berth may be awarded to
NCP legislator Nilkant Harlarnkar.
The 40-member Assembly has 18 Congress MLAs and 14 of
BJP. NCP has three, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party has two,
United Goans Democratic Party has one while two are
As per the alliance agreement, NCP was awarded two
Cabinet berths in the Congress-led Government.
The other NCP Minister is Jose Philip D`Souza, who has
been given Revenue and Civil Supplies portfolios.
Kamat said he will submit a detailed report on the
happenings in Goa to the party high command and only after
that, the date for swearing-in of the NCP legislator in place
of Pacheco would be decided.