Days after Parrikar’s death, his sons Utpal and Abhijat had issued a statement saying that they will continue to respect the “legacy” their father leaves behind, hinting that Utpal might join politics soon.
In a stunning turn of events, the BJP got Speaker Michael Lobo to open his office at 1 am Wednesday. They had got two MGP MLAs to split and merge with BJP. And by afternoon, CM Sawant dropped Dhavalikar from the council of ministers.
State Congress chief Girish Chodankar told the media: “One (Goa) Cabinet minister has said the CM has claimed all these (Rafale) files are in his bedroom; that audio was out. But almost one-and-a-half months (later), no one has filed a police complaint.
With two versions coming on Parrikar's health, the Congress called the Governor to intervene. State Congress president Girish Chodankar felt the whole situation was confusing, with the public kept in the dark.
Faleiro’s statement comes at a time when state politics is at a fragile juncture, with the BJP’s MLA count reduced to 13 after the death of former minister Francis D Souza. Congress now has 14 MLAs, regaining its stature as the single largest party in the Assembly.
Former Goa chief minister and Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro alleged that Congress leader Digvijay Singh did not allow him to hand over the letter to Governor to form the government after the 2017 state Assembly elections.