The Nationalist Congress Party leaders in Goa regretted that its alliance partner Indian National Congress was not adhering to the principles of coalition politics with regard to the issue of inducting its MLA Micky Pacheco in the Digambar Kamat ministry.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle, NCP General Secretary Rajan Ghate pointed out that it was for the NCP to decide who should represent it in the cabinet and not the Congress. “It was the NCP leadership that asked Micky Pacheco to resign from the Cabinet and now it is the same leadership that is asking that he be inducted,” he said implying that if the previous decision of the NCP was accepted by the Congress, it should go by the present decision too.
Questioned about the insistence on Micky’s induction, he said Micky has proven himself to be a true leader by virtue of the fact that he got NCP members elected to the Zilla Parishad besides creating history by getting a NCP member elected unopposed.
Justifying the party’s decision to re-induct Micky, he said the party had asked him to resign from the ministry because of the Nadia Torrado case. “However, by now it is established that Micky was only dragged in the case and there is no substance in the charges leveled against him as the police have failed to file the charge sheet till date,” he said.
Meanwhile NCP State President Surendra Sirsat while urging the Congress to follow the coalition dharma.
While pointing out that the NCP has been allotted two ministers in the State cabinet, he asserted that it was for the NCP to decide who should be the ministers.
However, referring to Hariprasad’s statement that he would discuss the issue with NCP leaders, Sirsat said he would await his party leaders decision on the matter.