Finally, Goa’s Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has sacked the Dhavalikar Brothers by keeping their portfolios with himself till the next development. Mr. Parsekar’s swift action ended all the speculations about the BJP MGP tie-up in the forthcoming assembly election. The situation became worst when Dhavalikar brothers started attacking the Chief Minister in the media directly and Mr. Parsekar had left with no option but to remove them from his cabinet. Mr. Parsekar gave hints many times in the past, stating that he has the options available but now that options started looking visible with the induction of two rebels into the BJP by Mr. Parsekar.
The news of the Dhavalikar brothers expulsion came in the late night of Monday. According to the reports, BJP-MGP alliance is now almost over. CM Laxmikant Parsekar, in a late night development, has sacked Sudin and Deepak Dhavalikar, both MGP ministers from his cabinet. “I have already recommended their (Dhavalikar Brothers) dropping from the cabinet to the Governor. A formal order will be issued by morning”, CM told the media adding that, his decision got delayed since he was doing the consolation with party leaders / seniors before taking the final decision. “I consulted my seniors. That’s why the decision got little delayed”.
Meanwhile, the expelled MGP leader told the media that, they will have the party meeting on Tuesday to decide about the final course of action on the decision of Parsekar to sack them from the alliance. “They have lived up to their alliance dharma”, taunted MGP President Deepak Dhavalikar while speaking to Prudent after CM declared his decision. “Our central committee will meet tomorrow and decide the future course of action”, he told Prudent media.
The rift between the alliance partners had reached the point of no return after MGP demanded to drop of CM as a pre-condition to start alliance talks with the BJP. The crack between the alliance became more visible in the last week when MGP leaders came out openly in the media demanding the replacement of Chief Ministerial candidate. The matter became worst when the MGP laughed its campaign against Parsekar. “I won’t listen to Manohar Parrikar or Nitin Gadkari if CM is not changed”, MGP leader and senior minister Sudin Dhavalikar had said in their Ponda rally.
The sources revealed that the last nail in the coffin was the statement of MGP leader Lavu Mamledar which he made on Monday on the talk show of Prudent Media called Head On. In his statement, Mr. Mamledar had stated that the replacement of CM is a pre condition even before starting the alliance talks for 2017 polls. CM’s decision of removing Dhavalikars from his cabinet came within a couple of hours of the airing of the interview, said the sources in Prudent Media.
Meanwhile, based on the information available from the reliable sources, the BJP government has made arrangements to induct two rebels into the party by this weekend. The sources have revealed that BJP will induct the Dabolim MLA, Mr. Mavin Godinho on Friday while the induction of Kumbarjuem MLA, Mr. Pandurang Madkaikar will follow in next two days. The sources claimed that these inductions were planned two days before in the core committee meeting of BJP and the party is also in process of finding the suitable options for Ramesh Tawadkar and Rajendra Arlekar respectively.