Ports Minister Michael Lobo resigns from cabinet, and as MLA, does not disclose next step
Ports and Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo resigned from the Pramod Sawant Cabinet on January 10, 2022, Monday morning . He also resigned as MLA of the 7th Goa Assembly thereafter. He faxed his resignation from the party to the State party President Sadanand Tanavade, he stated.
Michael said we have to go for the next election. As per the Election Commission of India the filing of nominations would start on 20th January and we have to be ready well in advance, 10 days we will require to go back to the people and campaign. “Nothing has been finalised about joining any party. Talks with the people are on. Some are saying to contest as independent, some say to join Congress, he stated,” was all he disclosed about his future plans.
Asked about why he was severing ties with the BJP, Michael recalled that his association with the BJP was long –15 years. “It is very sad. We are pained, Miahcel said. BJP does not want a karyakarta like us,” Michael said breaking into Hindi. “It is not good to be suppressed. If you don’t want to be there, they should not throw you out. Best way is to exit in a nice way,” he opined. “We will always be friends… chief ministers Dr Pramod Sawant. It was a honour for me to serve in his cabinet and to serve with my colleagues,” Michael said.
Recalling his association with late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Michael said, he had good memories of Parrikar. He would resolve issues across the table. We did argue with Parrikar, though he was a tall leader. “He would listen to us. Party thinks the situation, is good, time will tell,” he cautioned. “Loyal karyakartas are being sidelined especially those who were following Parrikar. I shouldn’t comment on the party,” he said.
Michael refused to disclose his next step saying the decision about joining the Congress has not been taken. Asked about opposition within the Congress to his joining, he laughed that Congress people want him in BJP, but stated that it is not decided. “My close supporters will decide what is good,’ he quipped.
Asked whether his wife would be in the same party as him. He said the people of Siolim Constituency would decide. Quizzed whether BJP would form a government after the election, he said it is not possible to tell. “I will speak when campaign starts,” he said.