PANJIM: As speculation grows on the imminent cabinet reshuffle, Dy Speaker Michael Lobo, who was instrumental in getting ten Congress lawmakers into the saffron fold, on Friday said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was unhappy with functioning of few of his cabinet colleagues, who were working to satisfy their personal agenda.
Speaking to media persons on returning from Delhi, Lobo confirmed that four new ministers would be sworn in on Saturday evening. He hinted that only one of the Independent MLAs will be retained as a minister in the coalition, while four BJP MLAs will be inducted. The ten Congress rebels on Friday morning returned to Goa after being formally inducted into the BJP in the presence of the party’s working president JP Nadda in New Delhi. Lobo, along with Chandrakant Kavlekar, Atanasio Monserrate and Felipe Neri Rodrigues, are likely to be sworn in on Saturday.
The CM is expected to drop all three GFP Ministers – Vijai Sardesai, Jayesh Salgaonkar and Vinod Paliencar – and also Ind MLA-Minister Rohan Khaunte. Govind Gawade is the only ally poised to retain his chair.
“CM has taken a very good decision (to merge 10 congress MLAs) in the interest of Goa,” Lobo said.
When questioned about cabinet reshuffle, he said, “CM told me that he is not happy with functioning of certain ministers as they were taking people for granted. Ministers with ego cannot survive.”
Taking a dig at GFP, Lobo said, “Some ministers had become arrogant and worked for their personal agenda in the name of Goemkarponn. You will know who those Ministers are by tomorrow. Let the CM be back from Delhi.”
Lobo , without naming any minister, accused them of trying to put pressure on Sawant. “Chief Minister is ready to help, but you cannot just be arm-twisting him. You cannot put your ego before him or say, if you do not do my work I will throw the government. This language will not do,” he said.
Speaking of the merger, Lobo said that Amit Shah and Nadda were impressed by the smooth manner in which the Congress MLAs merged into BJP while in Karnataka the move is pending.