Parrikar to shed port­fo­lios but re­tain home and fi­nance

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation - Ger­ard de Souza

Goa chief min­is­ter Manohar Parrikar in­formed his cab­i­net col­leagues on Fri­day of his de­sire to let go of most of his port­fo­lios as he un­der­goes treat­ment for a pan­cre­atic ail­ment at New Delhi’s All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences (AAIMS).

Con­firm­ing the CM’s de­ci­sion, leader of the Goa For­ward Party and cab­i­net min­is­ter Vi­jai Sarde­sai said Parrikar wants the re­dis­tributed done by the Dussehra fes­ti­val on 19 Oc­to­ber.

Parrikar first met mem­bers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core com­mit­tee in­clud­ing three MPs— Vi­nay Ten­dulkar (Ra­jya Sabha) and the state’s two Lok Sabha MPs, Shri­pad Naik and Naren­dra Sawaikar— and Dat­taprasad Kholkar and Sunil De­sai. He later held in­di­vid­ual meet­ings with each of his cab­i­net col­leagues in­clud­ing lead­ers of Goa’s ru­ing al­liance Sarde­sai, Sudin Dhava­likar (Ma­ha­rash­trawadi Go­man­tak Party) and in­de­pen­dent min­is­ters Ro­han Khaunte and Govind Gaude.

“He wants to dis­trib­ute his port­fo­lios and he wants dis­cus­sions in that re­gard. He held to­day’s in­ter­ac­tion be­fore the al­lo­ca­tion,” Sarde­sai told HT. He added that port­fo­lio al­lo­ca­tion to al­lies will be the CM’s pre­rog­a­tive. It is un­der­stood that Parrikar will re­tain the port­fo­lios of home, fi­nance and per­son­nel while re­dis­tribut­ing oth­ers in­clud­ing the im­por­tant port­fo­lios of mines and ge­ol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, forests and air­ports.

Re­act­ing to the de­vel­op­ment, the Congress party al­leged that with the CM away, the ad­min­is­tra­tion had come to a stand­still but the govern­ment was pre­tend­ing that things were mov­ing. “The en­tire ex­er­cise is a me­dia drama. They want to show that some­thing is hap­pen­ing and that things are mov­ing. BJP’s al­lies have al­ready sur­ren­dered their back­bone to the Delhi high com­mand,” said state Congress pres­i­dent Girish Cho­dankar.

On Fri­day, the Goa unit of Shiv Sena joined the op­po­si­tion Congress in de­mand­ing that the assem­bly be dis­solved.“We have asked the Gover­nor that she should not only dis­miss the cur­rent Parrikar-led govern­ment but also dis­solve the assem­bly to end the im­passe and pro­vide re­lief to peo­ple,” Shiv Sena state pres­i­dent Jitesh Ka­mat said.

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