Goa : Sanguem Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar submitted a letter to the governor on Wednesday withdrawing his support to the state BJP government. While announcing his decision, Gaonkar said that the current state government lacks former CM Manohar Parrikar’s “positive vision” for Goa.The move comes two days after chief minister Pramod Sawant alleged that Gaonkar was “interested in land dealings” and is therefore pushing for the IIT project to come up in Sanguem.With this development, the ruling coalition’s current strength in the 40-member house is 28.
This includes 27 MLAs of BJP and one Independent MLA Govind Gaude who is a minister in the Sawant-headed government.Gaonkar said that Sawant’s ‘land dealing’ comments are irresponsible, condemnable and inappropriate for someone holding high office. The MLA said that the government should set up an inquiry against him to probe if he had carried out any land dealings on the sly.“Manohar bhai had a certain vision for Goa and we were standing with his government hoping to move in a positive direction. But all policymaking in BJP has completely collapsed today. People are coming out onto the streets today because they realised that Goa is not being steered in the right direction today,” Gaonkar said.
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