“I’m interested in becoming chief minister and not speaker of the state legislative assembly,” said deputy speaker Michael Lobo on Thursday. I am waiting that one day when I will be made chief minister of Goa, he said. “I want to become the chief minister to solve the issue of employment and generate self-employment in the state,” Lobo told reporters. Asked if BJP forced him to become speaker, Lobo said, “I don’t want to be the speaker, you can’t force anybody, but if party forces me to become chief minister I will. If party forces me to become speaker I won’t. I am happy as deputy speaker where I can raise the issue of Goans.” After the death of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, former speaker Pramod Sawant was appointed chief minister and since then the speaker’s post is vacant. Sources said health minister Vishwajit Rane was in the race to become the chief minister, but BJP decided to appoint Sawant as he comes from within the cadre. Lobo said, he has already got an opportunity to be the speaker and I don’t want to continue to hold that position. “I have told the party that I am not in the race for the post of speaker,” he said. Lobo said that he didn’t want to be the speaker as a speaker has to be neutral and cannot raise the issues of the public inside and outside the assembly. “Speaker is neutral when you assume the office and I cannot take it. Let the senior most member of the House who is due for retirement at next assembly election take the position and let him be happy that he retired as speaker,” he said. Lobo said he had not got any communication from the government to inform the governor to summon one-day assembly session to elect the new speaker. The assembly should be summoned to elect the speaker only after the results of bypolls and Lok Sabha elections are declared as the House would be at full strength. Presently, four seats are vacant in the 40-member assembly.