PANAJI: Rajya Sabha MP and BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar, on Saturday said while it was easy for deputy speaker and BJP Calangute MLA Michael Lobo to threaten to resign as legislator, no MLA would actually follow through with it.
Reacting to Lobo’s outbursts on Friday against his own government and chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Tendulkar said if the deputy speaker continued to remain loyal to the party, he himself could become chief minister some day.
“It is easy to say, ‘I will resign’. Lobo had earlier threatened to resign during the tourist taxi agitation (last December). But tell me, who resigned?” Tendulkar told STOI.
At Friday’s meeting of the Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) in Panaji, Lobo had offered to step down if the mining issue was not resolved. “I’m ready to address your difficulties, which are also my difficulties. I am ready to even resign. All 40 MLAs should think about you,” he had said, while also warning that the BJP would lose both Lok Sabha seats if it failed to restart mining in the state.
Hitting back, Tendulkar said all the MPs were working hard to resolve the mining issue. “We’ve met with the group of ministers constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a solution, and have even met with the PM himself. Resumption of mining is not as easy as travelling to the market to eat ‘bhaji’,” the BJP state president said.
He also rubbished claims of mid-term polls and insisted that the government was stable and would complete a full term in office under Parrikar’s leadership.
“The government’s functioning may be sluggish because of the chief minister’s illness, but he has begun clearing files from AIIMS in New Delhi,” he said. “Lobo is only thinking about 3,000 government jobs being held up, but Parrikar intends to recruit over 3,000 people.”
Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Calangute legislator had slammed his own government for not doing enough to provide jobs to the youth, stating that unemployment is a major problem in Goa.
Appearing in a belligerent mood, Lobo went to the extent of saying that if the CM cannot deliver then he should hand over the responsibility of recruitment to someone else as “people are very disturbed due to unemployment”.
Lobo had also stated that he has written a ‘urgent note’ to the CM on this issue. “It is pertinent to note that there are almost 3,000 vacant posts in various government departments and for the last one and a half years the unemployed youth of Goa are anxiously waiting to get these government jobs,” he said in the note.
After the outburst, Parrikar is said to have telephonically spoken to the Calangute MLA.
Lobo’s outbursts comes less than two weeks after two ailing ministers Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar were replaced by the chief minister with Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral.