GFP says Sawant should be ready to face them in Assembly


Panaji: A day after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant blamed his former allies were being hindrance to the development of the State, Goa Forward Party (GFP) has snubbed him stating CM should be ready to face them on the floor of the House.

Sawant, in an interview to Doordarshan, had claimed that he had to drop some of his allies after he took over as he would not have been able to perform with them in the government.

Goa Forward Party’s all the three MLAs were dropped from the State cabinet in July, 2019 by Sawant.

GFP’s Vice President Durgadas Kamat, reacting to the statement on Wednesday, said that three deaths at EDM festival, financial condition of the state, Mahadayi issue and also rampant drugs speaks volumes on the performance of Sawant-led government.

“CM should be ready to face leaders of former allies in the State Legislative Assembly soon. Best of luck to him,” he added.

Goa Legislative Assembly’s Budget session is scheduled to be held in February, 2020.

Kamat claimed that Sawant has been facing criticism from his own cabinet members over the rampant drugs in the State.

In an interview to Doordarshan given on the eve of New Year, Sawant had said he would not have been able to perform comfortably with certain allies who had supported him when he was sworn in on March 18, 2019 after the death of Manohar Parrikar.

“When I took over, there was pressure from certain allies. If I had to continue with them, perhaps, I would not have been able to perform for the welfare of the State,” the Chief Minister said referring to dropping of three MLAs from Goa Forward Party and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte from the State cabinet.


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