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Some ministers tried to arm-twist CM: Lobo

Parra/Margao: Calangute MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo Friday said that some ministers tried to arm-twist Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for their personal agenda leading to the present political situation in Goa.

Lobo was speaking to media at his residence in Parra following his arrival from New Delhi.

Without naming any minister, Lobo said that some ministers in the cabinet tried to pressurise the Chief Minister to get their work done and even threatened to topple the government.

He said that the Chief Minister wants to work for the common man and added that it was difficult for him to take decisions at this juncture. “However, even then the Chief Minister has taken some bold steps,” he said.

Lobo also said that when in opposition, some MLAs raised issues concerning Goans but when these same persons became ministers, they failed to solve the issues. He said that such ministers were out to destroy Goa for their selfish gains.

Meanwhile, Cuncolim MLA and one of the ten rebel Congress MLAs who joined BJP recently, Clafasio Dias, Friday said that the decision of the group of ten to merge into BJP was mainly for two reasons – to develop their respective constituencies and drop Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai from the government.

Speaking to this daily on returning to the state from New Delhi, Dias said he was harassed the most, as development work in his constituency was stopped.

“Powers were being used to stop work I had intended to start in my constituency. One of our collective objectives to join BJP was to have Vijai dropped from the government. The levels of corruption were increasing alarmingly. Vijai had been interfering too much in my constituency work also. It was okay for him to do his party work in the constituency, but not by intentionally stopping my development work by threatening the officers doing their job,” Dias said.

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