CM rules out immediate cabinet reshuffle

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Panaji, Sep 10 (UNI) Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today categorically ruled out immediate Cabinet reshuffle as speculated in a section of the media.

''There will be no such Cabinet reshuffle as of now,'' Mr Kamat quipped, while interacting with mediapersons soon after returning from New Delhi.

It was reported that the government was likely to face another crisis, if the Cabinet was reshuffled removing Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao to give room to former Transport Minister and the only scheduled tribe legislator Pandurang Madkaikar.

The latter was unceremoniously removed from the Cabinet a few months ago, to make way for MGP leader Ramakrishna Davalikar following threats from the coalition partners.

Senior minister and former Chief Minister Churchill Alemao, elder brother of Joaquim Alemao, was reportedly grinding his axes to aim at Kamat in case Joaquim was removed from the Cabinet.

Churchill continued to be a ''thorn in the pillow'' of the Kamat government, whether he was in or out of government. He had continuously been opposing the greenfield airport at Mopa, while demanding recognition to the Romi Konkani script, on par with the Devanagari script.

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