Cabinet revamp on the cards due to Digambar's bail?

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 19 August 2015 21:22 IST

Will there be a cabinet revamp because former chief minister Digambar Kamat was granted bail? Sounds weird, but it is that serious.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has in fact pulled up its socks to deal with the backlash it may face due to anticipatory bail granted to Kamat, who headed the Congress government earlier.

An emergency meeting was convened today by the BJP, which was even attended by defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Ayush minister Shripad Naik, besides chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, ministers, MLAs and party’s office bearers.

It is perhaps for the first time that a judicial matter like anticipatory bail has created political waves right down to the grass root level.

Highly placed sources in the party disclose that the ruling party may go for immediate revamp of the cabinet by dropping some and inducting some from the BJP’s rank, to console the cadres.

“I will let you know one day in advance when there is a cabinet reshuffle. It’s not tomorrow”, chief minister Parsekar told goanews.com.

He confirmed that the meeting was held, adding, “lots of pending matters were discussed since both the union ministers were in town.”

He denied having discussed impact of Kamat’s anticipatory bail or also any of the RSS leaders attending the meeting.

Sources however said a lengthy meeting analysed the whole political situation in the background of the court rejecting Kamat’s anticipatory bail.

 

For the police, it was a matter of arrest. But for the BJP cadres and sympathisers, it was the time they voted the BJP to power for – putting behind the bar the so called corrupt Congressmen.

Kamat’s probable arrest had thus created a state-wide hype, for whom the news of granting the bail was completely demoralising.

“How can I satisfy the cadres when the matter is dealt by the police and the judiciary? I have said I won’t interfere in the case and I will not”, said Parsekar, while reacting to the reported mood of party cadres.

The news floating however was that two more senior partymen – speaker Rajendra Arlekar and deputy speaker Anant Shet – would be inducted in the cabinet.

While jailed GVP MLA Mickky Pacheco’s berth is still vacant, the BJP may have to drop one minister to accommodate two senior BJP men.

Name of minister Dipak Dhawalikar, belonging to the coalition partner MGP, was making rounds – to be dropped.

But nothing was confirmed.

Following this, CM Parsekar may also go for portfolio reshuffle.

The social media reacted sharply to Kamat getting anticipatory bail with some people putting direct posts that it’s a fixing between the BJP leaders and Kamat.  

The reactions also had communal and casteist overtones while the Congress camp was found to be happy with the news.

 

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