PANAJI: A legislator in Goa who was dropped by Manohar Parrikar from his government on Monday said he had no hint that he was being removed from his ministry. Francis D’Souza, who has been unwell for some time and is in hospital in the US, is evidently upset and said this was the reward given to him for his 20-year-long loyalty to the BJP.
Mr Parrikar, who himself is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at Delhi’s AIIMS, dropped Mr D’Souza and another minister, Pandurang Madkaikar, from his cabinet.“This is the reward I am getting for my loyalty to the party for the last 20 years,” Mr D’Souza told news agency told PTI on phone. He was heading the urban development ministry and Pandurang Madkaikar was the power minister of Goa.In swift political developments, two other BJP leaders who are replacing them will take oath of office on Monday evening. Milind Naik was power minister in the previous Laxmikant Parsekar-led cabinet. Nilesh Cabral is a first-time minister.Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is undergoing treatment at Delhi’s AIIMS.“I had even spoken to the chief minister last evening but he did not give any hint… When I called him today after coming to know that I was being dropped, the chief minister said it was the party high command’s decision,” said Mr D’Souza, who has been a a legislator from north Goa’s Mapusa constituency for the last two decades.Mr Madkaikar, who had suffered a brain stroke in June, is being treated in Mumbai.