No threat to Govt.: Digambar
10 Congress MLAs including five ministers, led by Churchill Alemao on Wednesday raised the banner of revolt and threatened to topple the government if Micky Pacheco is inducted in the cabinet.
While clarifying that he has no personal scores to settle with Micky, Churchill Alemao’s argument was that tainted persons should not be made ministers.
“Dayanand Narvekar was asked to resign as a minister because of the ticket game scam then why should the Congress induct Micky who is accused of culpable homicide besides facing a CBI enquiry over an international fraud,” he asked.
The group also argued that the present government was functioning well and people were happy with it which was reflected in the municipal elections where the party swept the polls in all the municipal areas where elections were held.
Without elaborating on their plans, the group of 10 said they would topple the government if Micky is inducted in the cabinet and added that they also have the support of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Victoria Fernandes and Pratap Gaus who could not be present for the media briefing.
The 10 dissidents are Churchill Alemao, Education Minister Babush Monserrate, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao, Panchayat Minister Babu Azgaonkar, Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues and MLAs Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Babu Kavlekar, Agnelo Fernandes, Francis Silveria and Pandurang Madkaikar.
The 10 Congress MLAs have demanded that the Party dispatch the General Secretary in charge of Goa immediately to the State to resolve this issue if the Congress led government in Goa is to survive.
Replying to a question the group said it was ready to face the electorate in case the house is dissolved over this issue.
Babu Azgaonkar opined that the Congress is ready to continue governing Goa without the support of the NCP if it comes to that probably because the other two NCP MLAs are with them.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that his government was no threat and said that he would sort out the issue with the Group of 10 after meeting them personally.
While confirming that the NCP has asked him to induct Micky in the cabinet, he revealed that it has not named which present NCP minister should be dropped.
He further said that he was awaiting instructions from his party high command which has been briefed about the developments through General Secretary Hari Prasad as he could not meet Sonia Gandhi due to her busy schedule.