High & mighty call on Mickky on birthday
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his ministerial colleagues descended at Betalbatim village to wish Goa Vikas Party supremo Mickky Pacheco on his birthday today, but there was no announcement of any special birthday gift for the flamboyant Nuvem MLA in the form of a Corporation as was widely anticipated.
There were speculations that the Chief Minister will reward the Nuvem MLA with a Corporation with a rank of a Minister on or before his birthday.
The chief minister made his presence felt at the Betalbatim residence of the MLA around noon along with Power Minister Milind Naik and Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar. The chief minister wished and hugged Mickky after coming out of the car before they headed to his residence. BJP’s Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar, Chairman of Meat complex Lyndon Monteiro, South Goa ZP Chairperson Nelly Rodrigues were present around.
When newsmen later pointed out to Mickky over expectations that he would receive a special gift from the chief minister, he said “I did not expect anything. Only the media said something. It makes no difference to me. I normally celebrate my birthday, but this time it is special because of 12-12-12.”
A host of ministers, MLAs and political figures descended at Betalbatim to greet the Nuvem MLA. A host of projects were inaugurated, including gymnasiums at Nagoa and Verna. [H]