Panaji, Jan 14 (UNI) Dr Wilfred D'Souza, president of Goa unit of the NCP, today said the proposed resignations of Save Goa Front legislator from Curtorim, Aleixo Reginaldo Laurenco and unattached MLA from Taleigao Atanasio Monserrate (Babush) would further strengthen the coalition government.
The duo had met Dr D'Souza again today to reiterate their desire to join the NCP after quitting their respective dispensations.
Interacting with newspersons, the former chief minister said the duo may submit their resignations after the on-going session of the state legislative Assembly. They would contest on NCP tickets later.
The NCP, with three members, is the coalition partner in the Congress-led Digambar Kamat government. It was, however, not happy with the government as it failed to extract what they called plum portfolios or posts of its choice.
The Party leadership, in presence of its general secretary Tariq Anwar, however, made it clear that the NCP would not take the drastic step of withdrawing its support to the government but continue to press for more representation to their cadre.
While Babush was not offered any post though he was the first to support the then minority government, Mr Laurenco was not happy with the post of chairmanship of the loss making Kadamba road transport corporation, nor was he happy with the SGF chief Churchill Alermao ever since the latter joined the government as the PWD minister.
The Chief Minister, however, was confident that the resignation of the duo would not affect the stability of his government.
The strength of the 40-member House would be reduced to 38 if the two legislators resign. The Congress has a strength of 16, backed by NCP 3, SGF 2 and independent member Viswajeet Rane, besides Babush as against BJP 14, MGP 2 and independent member Anil Salgaocar.
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