Manohar Parrikar admit­ted to AIIMS

The Hindu - - NEWS -

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.

Frag­ile coali­tion

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.

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