Parrikar picks newbies in first cabinet expansion

Last Updated: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 21:08

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar on Sunday inducted six more ministers in his Cabinet,
including four legislators from BJP, one from alliance
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and one independent.

Goa Governor K Sankarnarayanan administered the oath
of office to all the six MLAs in a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan
in the evening.

The new entrants are Ramesh Tawadkar (BJP), Mahadev
Naik (BJP), Dilip Parulekar (BJP), Milind Naik (BJP), Deepak
Dhavalikar (MGP) and Avertano Furtado (Independent).

Todays is the first cabinet expansion carried out by
Parrikar since he was sworn in as chief minister on March 9
after a landslide victory by his party in March 3 polls.

In the first induction, he had sworn in six ministers
out of whom state forest, environment and tourism minister
Mathany Saldanha died recently due to cardiac arrest.

Parrikar said that one ministerial berth was still
lying vacant and decision on it will be taken only by month
end.

The chief minister said that the newly anointed
ministers will be distributed portfolios by Tuesday.

All legislators, who took the oath of secrecy, are
being inducted for the first time in any state cabinet.

Except one, all are two or three timers in the state
legislative Assembly.

Independent MLA Avertan Furtado, who emerged as a
giant killer defeating Congress heavyweight Churchill Alemao
at the hustings, managed to get the ministerial berth even
though he is the first timer in Assembly as well.

Parrikar said that the new inductees would be
initially entrusted with two portfolios and will be given the
additional charge of another department after six months once
they get a grip on the affairs of their assigned departments.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 21:08

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