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Goa: BJP weighs options as Manohar Parrikar ‘very well’; Congress stakes claim claim to form govt

Manohar Parrikar’s health has worsened further since Saturday morning.

Goa BJP leader and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo has said that doctors examining ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar aren’t saying he will recover. He, however, said that as long as Parrikar is alive, there will be no change in the leadership in the BJP-led government.

“Parrikar is very ill since last night. Doctors who are examining him aren’t saying that he will recover…” Lobo said after an emergency meeting of the party MLAs at party office in Panaji on Saturday.

He said that the meeting was called to discuss the prevailing political situation and Parrikar’s health. The leader said that CM’s health was showing no signs of improvement and had forced the party to start discussing options and taking the coalition into confidence. Lobo said that BJP will reach out to its ally Goa Forward’s party president Vijai Sardesai.

“Parrikar ji is there today and will be here tomorrow. If something happens…we are praying. But his chances of getting better are slim. He is quite unwell, very…it’s almost…If something happens the new CM will be from BJP. Only God knows when this will happen,” he said.

Parrikar, 63, is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer. His health condition has been fluctuating for several days. His condition worsened on Saturday morning, triggering rumours that he has been put on life support system. However, Union minister Shripad Naik who comes Goa, claimed that the CM’s health was stable and all other information was just rumours.

The Chief Minister’s Office also issued a statement on Saturday stating that Parrikar’s health was stable.

On the other hand, the Congress on Saturday staked the claim to form the government. The party sent a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha saying the Parrikar-led coalition government is in a minority.

Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar demanded from Sinha to dismiss the BJP-led dispensation and invite the Congress to form the government.

“Consequent upon the sad demise of Francis D’Souza, MLA, who belonged to the BJP, it is humbly submitted that the incumbent BJP-led state government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people and now also lost the strength of the House. Also, we anticipate that numbers of the BJP may dwindle,” Kavlekar wrote in the letter.

He claimed that the Congress is presently enjoying the majority in House and thus be called to form government.

At present, the Congress is the single-largest party in the 40 chairs House with 14 MLAs. The BJP has 13 members and it enjoys support of regional parties and independent MLAs.

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Source: Financial Express