The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would stick with Manohar Parrikar as Goa chief minister despite his illness. BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday Putting to rest the rumours surrounding appointment of a new chief minister in Goa,the future of Manohar Parrikar as the head of the government in Goa.
“It has been decided during a discussion with the Goa BJP core team that Manohar Parrikar will continue to lead the Goa government. There will soon be a reshuffle of ministers and their portfolios,” Mr Shah tweeted.
गोवा प्रदेश भाजपा की कोर टीम के साथ चर्चा कर यह निर्णय लिया गया है कि गोवा के मुख्यमंत्री श्री @manoharparrikar जी ही गोवा सरकार का नेतृत्व करते रहेंगे।
प्रदेश सरकार के मंत्रिमंडल व विभागों में बदलाव शीघ्र ही किया जाएगा।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 23, 2018
Parrikar was admitted to Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on September 15 after expressing his inability to continue as chief minister. The BJP and its alliance partners, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), have been squabbling over who will assume the charge of the chief minister’s portfolios.
Mr Shah had spoken to Goa Forward’s Vijay Sardesai, a minister in the BJP-led government, after the allies rejected the suggestion to have Sudhin Dhavalikar, a minister from the Maharashtra Gomantak Party or MGP, take charge as the deputy chief minister. “We are waiting to hear from Amit Shah who has said that they will get back to us with a proposal,” Mr Sardesai had told NDTV.
On Wednesday, Shah held discussions with BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal and national joint secretary B L Santosh, followed by another meeting of key party leaders involved in the state. Shah had earlier deputed Ram Lal and Santosh to reach out to allies to resolve the leadership crisis in the coastal state.
Earlier,The opposition Congress staked its claim to form the government in Goa last week. The party has demanded the BJP-led alliance government’s dismissal in Goa citing the illness of Parrikar. “We have the required numbers. I am not going to tell you whom we are in discussions with, but we need the support of 21 MLAs and we have more than that,” leader of opposition in the state Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar had told PTI.
The BJP has 14 legislators in the 40-member Goa Assembly, while the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) have three each. The BJP is also supported by three Independent MLAs.