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Goa ministry a mix of youth and experience

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The Council of Ministers headed by in is a mix of youth and experience with strong representation from regional parties which are key components in the BJP-led ruling alliance.

Parrikar, sworn-in as chief minister today along with nine MLAs, has sought to maintain a fine balance by giving representation of important sections of society in the state.

Among the nine Ministers - two are from the BJP, three from the Forward Party (GFP), two from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and as many Independents.

Veteran MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar is a regional heavyweight. Sudin and his brother Dipak were Ministers in the erstwhile Laxmikant Parsekar-led but were dropped in December last following differences with the then CM.

MGP, which had a pre-poll alliance with the during 2012 elections, severed its ties with the saffron outfit and contested the February 4 after joining hands with the and newly launched Suraksha Manch.

A four-time legislator, Dhavalikar was minister for public works department and transport in the previous BJP-led ruling coalition. He has held ministries earlier also.

Vijai Sardesai, a 46-year-old two-time legislator from Fatorda, was earlier in the Congress but quit the party in 2012 and successfully contested as an Independent.

Sardesai, a first time minister, mentored the GFP, which came into existence in January 2016 and won three seats in the just held assembly polls. Two of his candidates, Jayesh Salgaoncar and Vinod Palyekar, defeated stalwarts.

BJP's Francis D'Souza, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the Parsekar cabinet, is back in the An old hand, he is a five-time legislator from Mapusa. The 62-year- old has been the minority's face of the BJP and commands respect across cadres.

Manohar Asgaonkar won from Pernem on a BJP ticket in 2002 but joined the Congress in 2007 and was re-elected. However, he lost in the 2012 polls. Asgaonkar was listed to be Congress candidate from Pernem but switched over to the MGP and won the election.

Pandurang Madkaikar is among the two former Congress legislators who switched over to the BJP on the eve of Goa polls and won from Cumbharjua. He is among the two BJP legislators inducted into the Parrikar-led cabinet.

Rohan Khaunte is one of the Independents inducted in the Ministry. He has been elected twice from Porvorim.

In the just held polls, he won from Porvorim with the backing of the Congress. He first announced support to the Congress but later changed his stand and backed Parrikar.

Govind Gawade is the tribal face of the ministry. He

won as an Independent from Priol defeating MGP stalwart Dipak Dhavalikar.

The tribal leader, a first-time MLA, was supported by the BJP, which didn't field its candidate in the constituency. In the past, he played a key role in agitations demanding enforcement of rights of ST communities in Goa.

Jayesh Salgaoncar of the GFP made it to the House by defeating BJP heavyweight Dilip Parulekar, the tourism minister in the previous government, from Saligao. This was his first assembly election and now he has become a minister.

Another minister Vinod Palyekar, a 51-year-old rookie politician, floated a non-political platform, Siolim Forward, before joining the GFP.

A classical singer and real estate professional, Palyekar defeated five-time BJP legislator Dayanand Mandrekar, a senior minister in the Parsekar cabinet, in Siolim.

First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 20:58 IST