Here is the time to reward, the so-called Congress rebels will be soon going to get the fruits of their efforts. According to the sources, former opposition leader Babu Kavlekar will be given the TCP ministry and Babush Monseratte will be taking up the charge of Revenue Ministry. The BJP policy of 4 in 4 out will lead to drop three GFP members while one independent will be dropped from the cabinet to accommodate three Congress candidates and one BJP legislature in the ministry.
According to the report published in the Times of India, the Chief Minister Mr. Pramod Sawant will be doing the major reshuffle in his cabinet on Saturday by inducting four new ministers including three rebel Congress MLAs who along with seven others formally joined BJP on Thursday in Delhi.
To accommodate the four new people in the ministry the BJP might be dropping three GFP candidates and one Independent MLA from Porvorim. The Chief Minister Mr. Pramod Sawant said that the decision to drop ministers of coalition partner Goa Forward Party would be taken after they return to the state, sources said all three ministers of GFP, including its party president and deputy CM Vijai Sardesai, and an independent minister Rohan Khaunte would be dropped.
A senior BJP leader told TOI that former opposition leader Chandrakant Kavalekar would be made deputy CM and would be given town and country planning portfolio, currently held by Sardesai, while Atanasio Monserrate, who wrested the Panaji seat from BJP on a Congress ticket, would be given revenue ministry that was held by Khaunte.
The other two to be inducted into the cabinet are deputy speaker and BJP’s Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, who is likely to be allocated housing and forests, while Velim MLA Filipe Neri Rodrigues may get water resources ministry. Rodrigues who was a minister both in the BJP and Congress governments in the past had WRD portfolio.
It may be recalled that recently 10 rebel Congress MLAs separated from the party and had joined BJP for the purpose of progress in their constituency had met Amit Shah in Delhi and three of them were assured the ministerial berths. “Further strategy would be decided once we are back in Goa,” Sawant said.