Panaji: The Congress Monday refused to
induct Nationalist Congress party (NCP) legislator Fransisco
Micky Pacheco in the cabinet, claiming his induction would be
"problematic" for the Digamber Kamat-led government in Goa.
"I met congress legislators and ministers who told me
that induction of Pacheco would be problematic for the state
government," All India Congress Committee General secretary B
Hariprasad told reporters in Panaji this afternoon.
He said that since Congress has very thin majority in
the state, it will not take any chance that would cost the
party, its government in the state.
"Pacheco has charges of murdering a woman. It will be
difficult for Congress to have him inducted, till he is
cleared off the charges," Hariprasad said.
The AICC emissary this morning held meeting with the
group of dissident Congress legislators, who had threatened to
pull down the government, if Pacheco was inducted.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar had asked Kamat to drop two
ministers, both from NCP, and induct Pacheco.
Pawar`s directives had triggered political turmoil in
the state with group of ten Congress legislators threatening
to pull down the government.
When pointed out that it was Pawar`s wish to have
Pacheco inducted, Hariprasad said that NCP high command would
be briefed about the feelings expressed by Goa Congress
"We are not determining who should be in the cabinet
but as a coalition dharma, it is the duty of both the parties
to sit across the table and discuss the issues," he said.