CM rules out Cabinet reshuffle anytime soon
PANJIM: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday ruled out Cabinet reshuffle anytime soon.
Sawant along with BJP State President Sadanand Tanavade and four other MLAs — Digambar Kamat, Rajesh Faldesai, Aleixo Sequeira and Rudolf Fernandes — who defected to the BJP last week, arrived in Goa after meeting Union Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda.
Speaking to mediapersons, Sawant said they could not meet PM Narendra Modi due to his busy schedule.
He said no discussion on Cabinet reshuffle took place during the meeting.
“Central leaders have asked us to work to ensure we win both LS seats in 2024,” he said.
“No decision on Cabinet reshuffle. How can I tell you’ll now…nothing was decided,” he added.
With eight Congress MLAs joining the ruling party, it is being speculated that Sawant may go for a Cabinet reshuffle to accommodate the new entrants.
When contacted, Tanavade said the discussion was about taking the party work ahead.
“The leaders have urged the MLAs to work for the development of the State and BJP should win Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
The party president also said there was no discussion of Lok Sabha elections in detail such as ticket allocation.
Tanavade said MLA Michael Lobo being out of country could not attend the meeting.
Three other MLAs– Sankalp Amonkar, Delilah Lobo and Kedar Naik — are expected to arrive later tonight after visiting Rashtrapati Bhavan.