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3 rebel Goan Congress MLAs to be made Ministers today

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Panaji, July 13: Three rebel Congress MLAs who among the 10 joined BJP will become cabinet ministers in the Goa BJP ministry, according to Michael Lobo, the deputy speaker of the Goa Assembly. The cabinet expansion is believed to be taken place on Saturday 3pm.

It is learnt that the former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jennifer Monserrate and Filipe Nery Rodrigues will be sworn in as ministers.

" Chandrakant Kavlekar, the former leader of opposition, will be sworn in as deputy chief minister. Jennifer Monserrate, the wife of Atanasio "Babush" Monserrate, will be sworn in as minister, as will Filipe Nery Rodrigues," an NDTV report said quoting Michael Lobo, the deputy Speaker of the Goa Assembly.

Some sources say that Mr Lobo will also be inducted as the fourth minister in the cabinet expansion. On Friday, the chief minister Pramod Sawant had asked three legislators from the coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an independent legislator, Rohan Khaunte, to step down. Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palienkar and Jayesh Salgaocar are the ministers from the Goa Forward Party, who were told to quit.

In a bid to clear the air after the GFP ministers were asked to resign, the BJP's coalition partner, on its Twitter handle, said the matter will be "sorted out amicably". "@Goaforwardparty is part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led state government after talks with the national leadership of the @BJP4India. The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. (1/2)," it wrote.