BJP Rejects Rumours On Change In Goa Leadership, Says Manohar Parrikar Is Fine

| September 17 , 2018 , 09:43 IST

Amidst rumours of the appointment of a new Goa Chief Minister in view of current CM Manohar Parrikar's health condition, the BJP on Sunday ruled out a change in leadership in the state, claiming that Parrikar, admitted to New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), is fine.

According to reports, many of Parrikar's portfolios will be transferred, to continue smooth running of the state. CM Parrikar is said to be suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been undergoing treatment in Mumbai and in the US as well.

BJP national president Amit Shah sent 3 senior members of the party, B L Santhosh, Ram Lal and Vinay Puranik to Goa to take stock of the situation in the state in the absence of Parrikar.

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Ram Lal on Sunday said, "During the meetings with central observers today we discussed organisational issues. There is no issue of leadership."

The 62-year-old IIT engineer-turned-politician was previously the Union Defence Minister till 2017 when the BJP formed the government in Goa with the help of regional allies the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and 3 Independents, after which Parrikar became Goa CM.

Alliance partners had asked the BJP's central observers to provide a 'permanent' solution to difficulties arising out of Parrikar's illness and absence from day-to-day administrative work.

"We have put forth our points about present political situation in Goa. We have asked them to provide permanent solution," GFP president and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said to media after meeting with the BJP observers.

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Meanwhile, the main opposition party in Goa, the Congress has indicated that it is closely watching the developments and will keep the interests of Goans in mind before deciding on future steps.

"Our stand is very clear. We will definitely explore all possibilities but that does not mean that we will do it by compromising the ideology or the interest of Goans," All India Congress Committee secretary A Chellakumar, who is also Goa in-charge of the party, said.

"We are not in a hurry to capture power by compromising the interest of the people of Goa. The Congress is accountable to the people," he said.

"All our MLAs are together. We are watching what is going on in the ruling camp. The internal bickering has already started. The Cabinet ministers have started throwing stones at each other," Chellakumar said.