Sources within the BJP Party in Goa have allegedly claimed that former Panjim MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar was last week shown the door by Manohar Parrikar and his family members in a fit of anger and asked to get out of his residence after a heated argument over an alleged extortion complaint by a Goan businessman.
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According to unconfirmed sources, what transpired is as follows: the CM of Goa Manohar Parriakr who is suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer received a call from a very prominent business family of Goa alleging that Sidharth Kuncalienkar had demanded a huge sum of money from them for a favor or clearance of some proposals or files. There are varying accounts on this, but the same thread follows – that Kuncalienkar allegedly demanded money for some quid pro from the business house.
On getting this information, Parrikar immediately summoned Kuncalienkar to his private residence at Urban Retreat in North Goa and a heated argument ensured between the two, with Parrikar blasting Kuncalienkar for demanding money to clear files or do ‘favors’ in the CM’s name.
Following this heated argument with his trusted aide, sources say Parrikar’s health further suffered.
Parrikar’s family members then asked Kuncalienkar to leave the place immediately.
BJP Party leaders also allegedly claimed that it was decided not to give Kuncalienkar a BJP ticket for the Panaji by-polls at a meeting held shortly after this incident.
Meanwhile, according to a UNI report, former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar resigned as Chairman of the Economic Development Corporation Ltd (EDC) on Monday.
In his resignation letter, he said,’I wish to inform you that I hereby tender my resignation from the post of EDC Chairman with immediate effect. When asked why resigned from the post, Kuncalienkar said he was asked by the state unit of the party to do so.
‘I have been told by the party to tender my resignation. So I am doing it,’ he told reporters.
‘Whenever party will require I think a work has responsibility that he has to be ready for the party. When party instructed me to resign, immediately I resigned from the post of chairman of EDC,’ he said.
However, party state unit president Vinay Tendulkar said that party had not asked Kuncalienkar to resign.
“Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the former MLA to step down from the post,” Tendulkar said, thus possibly endorsing the above claim of a fallout between Parrikar and Kuncalienkar.
It is second time that Kuncalienkar has resigned from his post. In May 2017, he had resigned as an MLA of Panaji to pave the way for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to contest the by-election.
It is being speculated that the post may be given to former Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar who had quit the Congress party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa.
There is also speculation that the post of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Chairman which is held by Power Minister Nilesh Cabral may be given to Dayanand Sopte.
However, speaking to reporters in the city on Monday, Cabral said he did not have any attachment to the posts, but he had not been asked by the party to resign from his post.
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