Although Francis DSouza is officially the Deputy CM, he never was second in 
command. Long time PWD minister Sudin Dhavilikar was designated next in command 
to read the Budget speech and officiate in the absence of Parrikar. This 
obviously did not go down well with the others including the citizens not with 
the MGP, making Parrikar fly down from hospital in Mumbai by private plane , 
straight to the Assembly to present his budget! Now that all praying for the 
CMs recovery know Goa needs him to keep in-fighting at bay, we are told Francis 
DSouza(BJP) Sudin(MGP) and Vijay (Goa Forward) will jointly hold the fort in 
Parrikar's absence for medical treatment! How they will function where nobody 
is declared first among equals, with video conferencing from whichever hospital 
Parrikar is  being treated solving the dilemmas is not a very healthy precedent 
for Goa. With the mild mannered Francis and two strong minded members with 
different ideologies more prayers are definately needed .
John Eric Gomes 
(Tel 2417837)

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