The Nationalist Congress threatened to withdraw support to the coalition government of the Congress if it does not seek the resignations of Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza and Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar and induct Micky Pacheco in the cabinet, during the NCP state executive committee meeting held in Panjim on Monday. The committee unanimously decided to support this decision of Sharad Pawar.
Addressing media persons after the meeting, Sirsat informed that four resolutions were passed during the meeting and also said that Congress party’s irresponsible behavior will support and strengthen the communal and secular forces. The meeting also demanded removal of Jose Philip D’Souza as the leader of the legislative party and Nilkanth Halarnkar as the chief whip and appointment of Micky as the same.
The committee also passed a resolution of contesting all the 40 seats in the next assembly elections if the Congress party does not adhere to ‘coalition dharma.’
Former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco attended the meeting chaired by NCP State President Surendra Sirsat while Jose Philip D’Souza and Nilkanth Halarnkar remained absent for the meeting. Reacting to this incident Sirsat said they did not attend the meeting even after sending intimation through fax, SMS and telephone and this indiscipline on their part would be dealt with strictly.
In another resolution, the committee decided to participate in ensuing Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) elections in full force and appointed a team with Micky Pacheco as Chairman and CCP Corporator Advocate Avinash Bhosale, General Secretary Venkatesh Prabhu Moni, Minority Cell Chairman Sayyed Salim, and Nationalist Youth Congress President Tanveer Khatib as members.
Some of the office-bearers seemed to be quite unhappy with the fact that Sirsat did not allow them to discuss anything about the present political scenario in the state and were told that whoever wanted to express any views should put it writing to him.