In a major political development, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar last night removed two of his Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) colleagues from cabinet following their outburst against the BJP-led government, raising prospects of new permutations and combinations in the state going to polls next year.
Parsekar had faxed the communication to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha late night recommending removal of Ramakrishna (Sudin) Dhavlikar and Deepak Dhavlikar from the cabinet. With this, the total number of ministers in Parsekar-led cabinet is reduced to ten.
“I have recommended that both the ministers be removed under article 164 (1) of Constitution of India,” the CM told GoaChronicle.com.
He said all the portfolios which were allotted to both the ministers are reverted to him, till they are allotted to anyone else. MGP was represented by Sudin and Deepak Dhavlikar in the cabinet. 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.