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Parrikar hits out at MGP leaders for anti-Goa govt stand

Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said two Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leaders were inducted in the Goa Cabinet to fulfill the promise made by BJP during pre-poll alliance with that party.

“We (BJP) had 21 legislators (after 2012 Assembly election) but despite that we inducted two MGP legislators in our Cabinet,” he said addressing BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally in Poriem constituency in North Goa.

He said BJP, which had pre-poll alliance with MGP, had “given the word” that their MLAs would be inducted in the Cabinet.

“We kept our word. But these people (MGP leaders) did not respect that. They started talking against the Chief Minister,” Parrikar said.

“The BJP-led government’s Chief Minister is supposed to be decided by the party (BJP). Our 21 legislators chose their leader,” he said referring to the outburst against Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar by MGP leaders.

Former MGP ministers Sudin Dhavalikar and Dipak Dhavalikar had accused Parsekar of taking Goa ten years backward during his two-and-half year long rule.

“If you cannot adjust with Chief Minister, you should move out. It is like coming to our house and fighting against the main person. The House is ours,” the Defence Minister said.

On December 12, the Chief Minister had dropped the Dhavalikar brothers from his Cabinet following their outburst against the BJP-led government.

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