MARGAO: Even as the Goa Vikas Party leadership is mum on the party retaining the lone ministerial berth in the Parsekar cabinet after Francisco Mickky Pacheco’s exit from the government,
MARGAO: Even as the Goa Vikas Party leadership is mum on the party retaining the lone ministerial berth in the Parsekar cabinet after Francisco Mickky Pacheco’s exit from the government, Party’s Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva has said that he is ready to shoulder any responsibility, even going to the extent of saying that the ministerial berth for the GVP should come as a matter of right.
GVP supremo Mickky Pacheco, however, declined to offer any comments on the statement made by the Benaulim MLA. On Thursday, GVP general secretary Lyndon Monteiro had told Herald that the party has not taken any decision on demanding ministerial slot left vacant by Mickky for the GVP Benaulim MLA.
When Herald contacted the Benaulim MLA on Friday, Caitu said that since Mickky has quit the Ministry, the vacant slot should come to the GVP as a matter of right. He disclosed plans to take up the matter formally with the GVP leadership on Monday after Easter Sunday. “Initially, I had maintained that I will not demand the ministerial berth for the simple reason that Mickky was still holding the RDA and other portfolios. But, since our party leader has resigned from the Ministry, the slot should be retained by the GVP,” Caitu said.
Moreover, the Benaulim MLA pointed out that he deserves the Ministerial berth not just because he represents the GVP, but he does not preside over the affairs of any government-run Corporation despite extending his support to the government from day one. “I had never demanded Chairmanship of any Corporation, but now I feel that since my party supremo has resigned from the government, the ministerial berth should be retained by the GVP as a right,” he added.
Sources in the know said that Caitu’s supporters have urged him to stake his claim for the vacant ministerial slot, even as the GVP leaders – the Mickky-Lyndon combine – have remained non-committal on taking up Caitu’s claim before Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar.