Manohar Parrikar admitted to AIIMS
Mr. Parrikar’s ill health has triggered off intense political activity in Goa which has been in a state of flux since March this year, when the Chief Minister first flew to the U.S. for treatment. On Friday evening, Mr. Parrikar spoke to BJP president Amit Shah who has, sources said, decided to send Central observers from Delhi to assess the situation.
Mr. Parrikar met with his Council of Ministers earlier this week and sources said he may have suggested at least two or three names as possible successors.
Mr. Parrikar also held meetings with Speaker Pramod Sawant and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo. “Portfolios he holds will be reassigned today so that the administration runs smoothly and Ministers can take decisions. He will distribute 48 portfolios, but will keep two or three like Home, Finance and General Administration,” Deputy Speakar Lobo told presspersons earlier in the day after meeting the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister has been also holding charge of the Ministries allocated to Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar (BJP), both of whom have been hospitalised for long for major ailments.
The BJP-led government in Goa is a fragile coalition held together by Mr Parikkar’s equations with allies. In this situation, one of its allies, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has demanded the appointment of the “senior most Minister” as Chief Minister, pushing the claim of its leader Ramakrishna Sudin Dhavalikar. This has been challenged by both the BJP and its other ally, the Goa Forward Party.
The BJP’s legislative party meet therefore could end up endorsing a new CM in a charged situation.
The Opposition Congress in its statement said it had not hesitated to play the role of a “constructive and effective opposition”, but added that the party would not hesitate to come forward and take responsibility to form a government.