NCP leadership to meet Sharad Pawar in Delhi against Congress

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Panaji, Nov 19 ( UNI) Leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a coalition partner of the Congress-led government in Goa, will airdash to New Delhi tomorrow to confer with the party supremo Sharad Pawar to prevail upon the Congress high command to keep the allies happy by distributing plum portfolios, NCP Goa unit president Dr Wilfred D'Souza said today.

Speaking to media persons here, he sought stripping Save Goa Front Supremo, Churchill Alemao of the PWD portfolio as the latter fell apart with the Congress following denial of the Congress ticket to his daughter Valenka Alemao for the recently held by-election to Mormugao parliamentary constituency.

The portfolio, instead, should be given to the NCP which was also denied of chairmenship of six corporations as agreed to before forging the pre-poll alliance, he said.

He also rued that the government failed to hold even a single meeting of the coordination committee of coalition partners to sort out the issue which he said had piqued the NCP.

Though withdrawal of support to the coalition government was not the immediate priority, Dr De Souza said he would request Sharad Pawar for using his good offices to put forth their demand before the Congress to settle the issue at the earliest.

It was unfortunate that the Congress continued to respect Churchill Alemao with the portfolio even as he did not support the Congress in the by-elections as he nursed a grouse against the party for denial of the party ticket to his daughter.

It might be recalled that the state NCP leadership had poured out their grievances against the Congress with the Union Minister of State of Civil Aviation Praful Patel during his visit on last Saturday.

The NCP got three seats in the June 2 elections to the state legislative assembly. While Jose Philip Desouza was the revenue minister, Micky Pascheco was the agriculture minister and N Halrankar the parliamentary secretary with cabinet status.

UNI

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