Panaji, Sept 24: Two ailing ministers who are under treatment have been avoided from the Manohar Parrikar-led Goan cabinet, the chief minister's office informed in a press release on Monday.
The decision was following the visit of BJP president Amit Shah in Goa. Amit Shah on Sunday had made it clear that Manohar Parrikar would continue as chief minister and announced that a reshuffle of the state's ministers would soon take place.
The ministers, Francis D'Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar of the BJP, have been unwell for some time and are under treatment in hospital. Replacing them, two other BJP leaders name- Nilesh Cabral and Milind Naik – have been suggested by the leadership.
Chief Minister Parrikar is also at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi for treatment for a pancreatic condition. Francis D'Souza was heading the urban development department and Pandurang Madkaikar was power minister.
D'Souza is currently under treatment in a US hospital. Madkaikar, who had suffered a brain stroke in June, is being treated in Mumbai.
Milind Naik was power minister in the previous Laxmikant Parsekar-led cabinet. Nilesh Cabral is a first-time minister. (PenNews with input from UNI)