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NCP may pull out nominee from Rane Government

Wednesday 15 June 2005

Special Correspondent

`The Congress has violated an understanding’

The party will continue to support the Congress-led formation

NEW DELHI: The Nationalist Congress Party on Tuesday indicated that it could withdraw Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred D’Souza from the Pratapsinh Rane coalition government in Goa in protest against denial of an additional Cabinet berth. The party would, however, continue to support the Congress-led formation.

Accusing the Congress of having "violated" the agreement to accommodate those legislators who resigned from the Assembly and won in the June 2 byelections, the NCP said its nominee, Francisco Pacheco, was not included when Mr. Rane expanded his Cabinet.

`Discussing alternatives’

"We are discussing alternatives to sort out the political imbroglio and one of them could be withdrawing our Deputy Chief Minister while continuing support... we want a secular government and the Nationalist Congress Party does not want to do anything to help the Bharatiya Janata Party," NCP chief spokesperson D.P. Tripathi told a news conference here.

The NCP has sent senior leaders Tariq Anwar and Chagan Bhujbal to Panaji to sort out the dispute with Congress leaders. Mr. Tripathi said the Congress action not including the NCP nominee could be due to a lack of understanding.

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