Thu, 19 Sep, 2019

Crisis within BJP over SGPDA constitution

Deadlock over suggested names for induction

12th September 2019, 02:57 Hrs

the goan I network

MARGAO   

Will Nuvem MLA, whose July 9 midnight decision that paved the way for defection of two-third of Congress MLAs into the BJP fold exactly two months ago, at least have his way in getting his aides inducted as member on the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA)?   

Deadlock has hit the constitution of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) over the induction of members suggested by MLA Wilfred D’Sa, who is tipped to head the PDA as Chairman, and the names recommended by the BJP leadership.   

The Goan understands that while the government has given its nod for the appointment of Nuvem MLA Wilfred D’Sa to head the SGPDA, induction of members on the PDA has caused much delay in the constitution of the PDA.   

Sources in the know informed that while MLA Wilfred is believed to have recommended three names as members on the PDA, the BJP leadership is believed to have recommended the names of another four members for induction into the PDA. It is learnt that the rules permit the induction of five members, but Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar appeared sandwiched between the claims made by the Congress-turned-BJP MLA and the BJP leadership.   

For, the TCP Minister is aware that only five persons can be nominated on the PDA as members, but he has a task at hand – how to accommodate only five persons on the Planning body when he has received around seven names, three from the MLA and the remaining four from the BJP leadership.   

Kavlekar, sources said, was scheduled to take up the matter with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant how to go about the matter as accommodating all the four names recommended by the BJP leadership would mean that he have no option than to drop two out of the three names suggested by the Nuvem MLA.   

While the impasse over who would get induction on 

the PDA body as members continues, all eyes are focused on the meeting of BJP MLAs convened at the residence of the Chief Minister on Thursday noon.   

For, the neo-BJP MLAs, who are sympathetic to the Nuvem MLA, are veered around the view that the matter should be decided by at tomorrow’s meeting to be chaired by the Chief Minister.   

Close aides of Wilfred in private wonder why the BJP leadership is making an issue over the induction of members on the PDA when the Nuvem MLA is not demanding any ministerial berth in the Pramod Sawant Cabinet for his decision to quit the Congress. “It was the Nuvem MLA’s decision at the dead of night on July 9 that had paved way for the nine Congress MLAs to join the BJP. Wilfred had never insisted on any Ministry or any reward for his decision to quit the Congress knowing well that it was his decision that paved the way for the two-third defection of the Congress MLA’, remarked a close aide of the MLA.   

Sources in the know informed that deputy Chief Minister Kavlekar, who holds the TCP portfolio, is sympathetic towards the Nuvem MLA, but is doing a tight-rope walk so as not to antagonize the MLA as well as the BJP leadership, with sources saying that Kavlekar may seek the intervention of the Chief Minister to break the deadlock.    THREE VS FOUR   

While Nuvem MLA is believed to have recommended three names, the BJP leadership is believed to have recommended the names of another four 

TIGHT-ROPE WALK  

It is learnt that the rules permit the induction of five members, but TCP Minister Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar appeared sandwiched between the claims   PIQUANT SITUATION  

Kavlekar has a task at hand – how to accommodate only five persons when he has received around seven names, three from the MLA and the remaining four from BJP leadership

OVER TO THE CM  

All eyes are now focused on the meeting of BJP MLAs convened at the residence of the Chief Minister on Thursday noon