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Signs of dissent in Goa BJP after cabinet reshuffle leaves party cadre frustrated; Francis D'Souza threatens to quit party
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Signs of dissent in Goa BJP after cabinet reshuffle leaves party cadre frustrated; Francis D'Souza threatens to quit party

Once considered unthinkable under the iron command of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, a number of Goa BJP leaders have publicly dissented against the cabinet reshuffle of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition.

Goa political crisis: Ailing BJP legislator Francis D'souza to resign from core committee; ex-MLA was dismissed by Manohar Parrikar
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Goa political crisis: Ailing BJP legislator Francis D'souza to resign from core committee; ex-MLA was dismissed by Manohar Parrikar

Ailing Goa BJP legislator Francis D'Souza, who was recently dropped from the Manohar Parrikar-led Cabinet, said on Thursday that he would resign from the state party's core committee once he returns from the US.

Goa political crisis: BJP-ally Goa Forward Party says 'haste' in inducting two ministers into cabinet could have been avoided
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Goa political crisis: BJP-ally Goa Forward Party says 'haste' in inducting two ministers into cabinet could have been avoided

The Goa Forward Party (GFP), an ally of the ruling coalition led by the BJP, said on Tuesday that the haste with which the cabinet expansion was done on Monday by inducting two ministers could have been avoided by the state government.

Goa political crisis: BJP ministers Francis D'Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar dropped from Manohar Parrikar cabinet
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Goa political crisis: BJP ministers Francis D'Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar dropped from Manohar Parrikar cabinet

BJP president Amit Shah had said that Manohar Parrikar would continue in his post and announced that a reshuffle of the state's ministers would soon take place.

Goa Congress unit claims three BJP MLAs may help pull down Manohar Parrikar-led government
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Goa Congress unit claims three BJP MLAs may help pull down Manohar Parrikar-led government

Goa spokesman Dayanand Sopte said the numbers would tilt in favour of the Congress if the three BJP MLAs crossed over

Congress unit in Goa seeks President's Rule in absence of Manohar Parrikar, claims state is facing 'constitutional crisis'
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Congress unit in Goa seeks President's Rule in absence of Manohar Parrikar, claims state is facing 'constitutional crisis'

Congress' Goa spokesman Ramakant Khalap said the state is facing a "constitutional crisis", and that he has sought an appointment with Governor Mridula Sinha to press for his party's demand for President's rule

Goa BJP leader files complaint against people spreading 'false rumours' about Manohar Parrikar's health
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Goa BJP leader files complaint against people spreading 'false rumours' about Manohar Parrikar's health

A BJP leader lodged a complaint with police, saying some people were spreading false reports, quoting him, about the condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is hospitalised in Mumbai.

Manohar Parrikar becomes Goa chief minister but keeping the flock together will be his biggest challenge
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Manohar Parrikar becomes Goa chief minister but keeping the flock together will be his biggest challenge

Parrikar can add two more ministers in future since the constitutional cap on the size of the ministry in Goa is 12.

Goa Election Results 2017: Fielding minorities worked for BJP, half its new MLAs are Catholics
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Goa Election Results 2017: Fielding minorities worked for BJP, half its new MLAs are Catholics

The BJP may be known as a Hindu party, but about half its new legislature party in Goa comprises Catholics. BJP’s strategy to field eight Catholic candidates in Goa seems to have worked well for it.

Goa Election Results 2017: Here's a list of the possible chief ministerial candidates for the state
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Goa Election Results 2017: Here's a list of the possible chief ministerial candidates for the state

If exit poll results come true, Goa is definitely headed to deliver a fractured mandate. Three exit polls conducted are unanimous that the state’s ruling BJP may emerge the single largest party in a hung Assembly.

Hounding the honest: Margao councillors want IAS officer out, citizens revolt
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Hounding the honest: Margao councillors want IAS officer out, citizens revolt

Among the many projects which have caught the fancy of the residents under the jurisdiction of Margao civic authority’ is a toll free helpline, which also works as an informative as well as grievance redressal mechanism.

Watch your words: Goa minister cautions Parrikar over relations with Pak
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Watch your words: Goa minister cautions Parrikar over relations with Pak

As border hostilities between neighbours India and Pakistan escalate, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza has advised his former boss and now Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to "be very careful" and "not to escalate issues".

 Goa CM Parsekar allocates portfolios
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Goa CM Parsekar allocates portfolios

BJP legislator Ramesh Tawadkar would look after agriculture, sports and youth affairs, tribal welfare, animal husbandry and veterinary services; Mahadev Naik gets industries, handicrafts, textile, social welfare and co-operation.

Laxmikant Parsekar to be Goa's new Chief Minister
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Laxmikant Parsekar to be Goa's new Chief Minister

Goa Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was today elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his elevation as the new Chief Minister, snuffing out any challenge from Deputy CM Francis D'Souza.

Parrikar to join Modi cabinet, says BJP chief Amit Shah has given him NOC
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Parrikar to join Modi cabinet, says BJP chief Amit Shah has given him NOC

While Parrikar refused to commit any name to the list of his successors, there are at least three senior local BJP leaders who are vying for the position.

Expunge 'Hindu nation' remark made in Goa assembly: Congress
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Expunge 'Hindu nation' remark made in Goa assembly: Congress

The Congress party on Monday asked the assembly Speaker to expunge a reference to India as a "Hindu nation" made by a minister last month during the monsoon session.

Hindu nation remark: Goa deputy CM Francis D'Souza apologises
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Hindu nation remark: Goa deputy CM Francis D'Souza apologises

Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza on Monday apologized for his comment that India was already a Hindu nation, saying he had no intention of hurting anyone's feelings.

India is a Hindu nation, I'm a Christian-Hindu: Goa Dy CM Francis D'Souza
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India is a Hindu nation, I'm a Christian-Hindu: Goa Dy CM Francis D'Souza

India is already a Hindu nation and "all Indians in Hindustan are Hindus," Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said on Friday.

Security scare at Goa CM's office ahead of BJP meet
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Security scare at Goa CM's office ahead of BJP meet

Panaji, June 5 (IANS) A 33-year-old man, suspected to be mentally unstable, was detained here Wednesday for sneaking into the secretariat and trying to make a rush for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's cabin, a minister said.