• Rajasthan

    Cong 98
    BJP 74
    RLM 3
    OTH 24
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 111
    BJP 110
    BSP 2
    OTH 7
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 67
    BJP 17
    JCC 6
    OTH 0
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 95
    TDP-Cong 21
    BJP 1
    OTH 2
  • Mizoram

    MNF 26
    Cong 5
    BJP 1
    OTH 8

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Francis D’Souza unhappy on being dropped from Goa cabinet

By: | Published: September 24, 2018 3:49 PM

Goa BJP legislator Francis D'Souza expressed displeasure Monday over his removal from the Manohar Parrikar-led cabinet, wondering if this was the reward given to him by the party for his 20-year-long loyalty.

Francis D'Souza, goa cabinet, manohar parrikar, Pandurang Madkaikar, Mapusa constituencyThe MLA, who got elected on the BJP ticket from Mapusa constituency in North Goa district for the past two decades, claimed he was not even taken into confidence before being dropped from the cabinet. (ANI)

Goa BJP legislator Francis D’Souza expressed displeasure Monday over his removal from the Manohar Parrikar-led cabinet, wondering if this was the reward given to him by the party for his 20-year-long loyalty. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday dropped from his cabinet D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar, both ailing and currently admitted at hospitals. “This is the reward I am getting for my loyalty to the party for the last 20 years,” D’Souza, who is currently admitted at a hospital in the US, told PTI on phone.

The MLA, who got elected on the BJP ticket from Mapusa constituency in North Goa district for the past two decades, claimed he was not even taken into confidence before being dropped from the cabinet. “I had even spoken to the chief minister last evening but he did not give any hint… When I called him today after coming to know that I was being dropped, the chief minister said it was the party high command’s decision,” said the MLA, who was heading the urban development department.

Besides D’Souza, Parrikar also dropped power minister Madkaikar, who is admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai after he suffered a brain stroke in June. They would be replaced with BJP legislators Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral. D’Souza claimed the party was trying to remove him from the cabinet for the past one year. “Finally, they did it,” he said.

“Today they have dropped me from cabinet. Tomorrow they will remove me from the party, if I am useless for them,” he said. D’Souza, one of the senior most ministers in the cabinet, was a contender for the chief minister’s post in 2014 when Parrikar was elevated as the defence minister in the central government. The legislator, however, had lost the chance to party colleague Laxmikant Parsekar, who then became the chief minister. Parrikar, 62, is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition