The recent political development between the ruling party BJP and their ally MGP has widened and is probably irreparable. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has dropped two Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) ministers from the cabinet on Monday night.
A fax to the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, recommending the removal of Sudin and Deepak Dhawalikar from their cabinet posts, was sent by Parsekar, reducing the total number of ministers in the Parsekar-led cabinet to ten.
“I have recommended that both the ministers be dropped under article 164 (1) of Constitution of India,” the CM said. – PTI
Both the portfolios will be reverted to him till they are allotted to anyone else, he said.
The Dhawalikar brothers representated MGP in the cabinet.
In 2012 MGP fought the Assembly election in alliance with BJP. BJP came out victorious with 21 seats in the 40-member house, while MGP won only three.
Sudin Dhawalikar was in charge of the Transport and Public Works Department and Deepak held the portfolio of Rural Development Agency.
Replacements for the positions are yet to be decided revealed Parsekar.
When Deepak Dhawalikar was approached for a comment on the situation, he said, “I can’t comment as we are yet to receive any communication.”
Earlier in the past weeks, MGP, the first regional ruling party after Goa was liberated from Portuguese in 1961, had said that they would not continue the alliance for the upcoming polls with the BJP if Parsekar continues to lead the party.
The now former-PWD minister, Sudin Dhawalikar had recently made comments on Parsekar, accusing him of taking Goa ten years backward during his rule of two-and-half years. While Deepak Dhawalikar, the MGP president, dared the BJP to dissolve the Assembly and face election on their own and win the majority seats.
“So if BJP wants us to go, they should dissolve the Assembly. It is not the government of their own. We also have a share in it. Let BJP dissolve the Assembly and face election on their own and win the majority seats,” Deepak said.
At the same time, the offer for an alliance has long been made by the RSS rebel Subhash Velingkar-led Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) for the polls.
Hinting at this, Parsekar told reporters earlier in the day, “What has happened that suddenly Dhawalikar has started reacting this way in last two-three days? Has he met someone who has instigated him or he has started dreaming of becoming chief minister?”