The appointment order issued on Thursday has been signed by Undersecretary Gurudas Pilarnkar. The appointment attains significance as he was in the news recently when he tried to get into the state politics ahead of the last month’s Assembly polls.
Naik, a senior BJP leader, was tipped to be a potential candidate for the Chief Minister’s post, along with Manohar Parrikar, but the party’s central leadership refused to allow Naik to contest for Goa Assembly from Povorim, saying that he was required in Delhi. He was, however, given the responsibility to head the party’s campaign. Naik has been MP from Goa thrice, and was a part of Vajpayee cabinet.