Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar tonight dropped two of his cabinet colleagues, Sudin Dhavalikar and Dipak Dhavalikar, both from ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), following their outburst against the BJP-led state government.
Parsekar faxed a letter to the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha late tonight recommending dropping of both the ministers from the cabinet.
With this, the total number of ministers in Parsekar cabinet is reduced to ten.
“I have recommended that both the ministers be dropped under article 164 (1) of Constitution of India,” the Chief Minister told PTI.
The portfolios allotted to the two ministers would be with him for now, till they are allotted to someone else, he said.
The decision comes in the wake of recent outburst by both the MGP ministers against the state government.
Sudin Dhavalikar who held important portfolios like Transport and Public Works Department had accused Parsekar of taking back the state by ten years during his tenure of two and a half years as the CM.
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) recently said it will not have pre-poll alliance with BJP for next year’s Assembly elections if Parsekar continued to lead BJP.
MGP had fought 2012 Assembly election in alliance with BJP. While BJP won 21 seats in the 40-member house, MGP was victorious on three.
Hence, ouster of two MGP ministers won’t pose any threat to the government as of now.
When contacted, Dipak Dhavalikar said he was yet to receive any communication about his removal from the cabinet.
“I can’t comment as we are yet to receive any communication,” he said.