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CM imposes no curbs on clearing files but 4 non-BJP ministers stay away from work

12th July 2019, 02:57 Hrs

the goan I network

PANAJI

With a reshuffle imminent and the heads of non-BJP ministers expected to roll following Wednesday’s merger of 10 Congress MLAs with the BJP, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has not issued any instructions to the administration to curb the flow of routine business and movement of files to-and-fro from offices of his cabinet colleagues.   

None-the-less, absenting from their offices at the Secretariat on Thursday were the ministers most expected to be chucked out to accommodate the BJP’s new entrants - Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai and his two Goa Forward Party colleagues Vinoda Palienkar and Jayesh Salgaonkar besides the Independent Rohan Khaunte.   

Several top bureaucrats have confirmed confidentially that its business as usual for them and that no instructions have come from the top to hold back files or derail any business flowing in and out of the offices of any ministers.   

With the BJP’s strength rising to 27 following the entry of 10 rebel Congress MLAs on Wednesday, Sawant is set to drop the four ministers belonging to allies.   

Sardesai has gone into silent mode and is refusing to make any comment on the swift political developments of Wednesday or subsequent reports that he or his two party colleagues will be dropped from the cabinet.   

Khaunte was also incommunicado for most part of Wednesday and Thursday.