PANJIM: A day after Dy Speaker Michael Lobo’s scathing attack against the government, the State BJP unit expressed unhappiness stating the MLA should have approached the party if there was any injustice meted out to him.
“Lobo should not have gone public with such a statement against the party. He is a disciplined leader of the party. If he feels that he is facing any injustice from us, he should have spoken to us,” Goa BJP general secretary Sadanand Tanavade said.
He pointed out that Lobo has been with BJP for 11 years, which included two tenures as MLA. “Both times he contested on a BJP ticket. He should know about party discipline. If anything has hurt him personally, he should have come to us. It is a right of an individual to express his opinion in a democracy, but as a party leader, he should have approached the right forum,” Tanavade said.
Lobo had said that the State administration had ‘totally collapsed’ because of the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and people were praying for his early recovery. Lobo had also said that qualified youth were waiting for the government to provide them with job opportunities, adding that no employment was created in Goa in the last two years.
CM calls Lobo over outburstS
A day after the outbursts, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday spoke to Calangute MLA Michael Lobo over the phone to pacify him. Sources said that Lobo expressed his concerns over security in the coastal belt due to scarcity of police force during his interaction with the Chief Minister. He also urged Parrikar to clear the way for government jobs, sources added. When contacted, Lobo refused to give any details. “I do not want to say anything. Even if he has spoken it is an internal issue,” Lobo told Herald. Meanwhile, BJP MLA and former Minister Francis D’Souza on Saturday came out in support of Lobo, stating that issues such as government jobs ban raised by Lobo are genuine. “Issues raised by Lobo are genuine. Jobs ban issue has been created by the government,” said the recently ousted minister. “I have sympathy for mining dependents. Mines Department should be given to Nilesh Cabral if CM wants to distribute additional portfolios,” D’Souza opined.