Cabinet rejig won't affect Assembly session: Speaker

Rajesh Patnekar (R), receives the letter of merger from 10 Congress MLAs who joined the BJP in Goa. PTI file photo

Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Rajesh Patnekar Saturday said the reshuffle of the state cabinet will have no bearing on the schedule of the monsoon session of the state legislature, which will commence from Monday.

Days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will reshuffle his cabinet on Saturday, dropping three members of ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) and an Independent legislator as ministers.

Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Atanasio Monserrate, who had joined the BJP on Wednesday and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo would be sworn in at Raj Bhavan in the afternoon.

"As far as I am concerned there is no rescheduling of the Assembly session and Congress party will have to give the name of the Leader of Opposition by Monday," Patnekar said.

He said the new ministers will have to study their respective portfolios before replying to the questions in the House.

The monsoon session will end on August 9. 

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