Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza on Sunday resigned as Nationalist Congress Party’s State President. He faxed his resignation letter to the NCP National President and Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar and General Secretary and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel. Jose Philip was appointed as the party president on 29th July this year.
He did not disclose the reasons for resigning from the post but said that he did so due to internal problems. He further assured that he will work for the betterment of the party and cooperate with the successor to make the party stronger in the state.
Jose Philip had first offered to resign as President after his ugly brawl with party MLA Micky Pacheco in a public place at Vasco following which the maverick Micky had stated that it was impossible for him to work under Jose Philip.
Although Jose Philip has suggested that Micky be made the State president, the party hierarchy is not inclined to accept his suggestion as Micky is embroiled in too many controversies including the Nadia Torrado case and alleged involvement in money laundering and immigration scam in USA.
The NCP high command has not accepted his resignation yet but is likely that either party coordinator Praful Hede or Vice-president Sangeeta Parab would be appointed as the new state president.