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CM asks GFP ministers, Rohan Khaunte to quit

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday asked four of his ministers, Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Paliencar, Jayesh Salgaonkar and Rohan Khaunte to resign from the cabinet.

“I have asked Goa Forward Party ministers and independent legislator Rohan Khaunte to step down from their positions,” Sawant said further informing, “I am inducting four new ministers in the cabinet tomorrow.”

The Chief Minister also stated that the decision has been taken as per the directions from the central leadership of the party.

Responding to this direction of the Chief Minister, the Goa Forward Party (GFP) said that it is part of the National Democratic Alliance and had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government after talks with the national leadership of the BJP.

“The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then,” a twitter message of the GFP said.

“As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking with the NDA leadership at the Centre,” the GFP stated, maintaining that it has not yet received any official communication from the BJP central leaders.

“On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” the GFP mentioned. 

Khaunte, on the other hand, was unavailable till late night for his reaction.

Meanwhile, the ten rebel MLAs from Congress, who recently joined the BJP in Delhi, returned from the national capital to Goa Friday morning.

Calangute MLA and Deputy Speaker, Michael Lobo, who accompanied the ten MLAs, said that arrogance of some of the cabinet ministers had reached higher level and now they would be dropped.

Meanwhile, Sawant, who arrived late night in Goa said that the swearing-in ceremony of four new ministers would be held on Saturday at 3 pm at the Raj Bhavan.

He added that three from the ten rebel Congress MLAs and a BJP legislator would be inducted into his cabinet.

Sawant also said that this would be the last cabinet reshuffle that is induced in his government.

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