MLAs and core committee members of Goa BJP on Saturday met to discuss the political situation rising out of the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The health of Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, had deteriorated earlier in the day sparking hectic political activities across parties in the coastal State.
Here are the latest updates:
Leadership thinking on ‘political transit phase’, says BJP
The BJP said it is “already thinking on Goa political transit phase” even as the party asserted that the State government was “stable” and warned people against rumours.
“Our BJP leadership in Delhi and Goa are very strong, stable and are already thinking on Goa political transit phase,” BJP’s State media coordinator Sandesh Sadhale said in a statement.
“We will come out of all the things with greater success. Do not believe in any rumours or any news being spread via social media,” he added.
State Minister Vijai Sardesai met Mr. Parrikar on March 16 at his private residence at Dona Paula near in Panaji and said his health had “deteriorated”, but he was “stable”.
Later in the evening, the BJP held a meeting of its MLAs to discuss the political situation arising out of the health condition of Mr. Parrikar, who has been ailing since February 2018.
A BJP leader, on condition of anonymity, said all party MLAs have been asked not to leave the State.
“It was specifically told to all the MLAs [in meeting on March 16] that we should not leave the state,” he told PTI.
Mr. Sardesai had earlier ruled out the possibility of any new political formations in the state in the wake of Mr. Parrikar’s health condition. — PTI
Goa BJP core committee to meet again today
The Goa Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core committee is scheduled to meet today as well.
Party sources said that two Central functionaries of the party were expected to arrive in Goa to oversee the meeting of party MLAs and the core committee.
Several BJP leaders on Saturday had said that the condition of Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, was critical.
Core committee member and former BJP Minister Dayanand Mandrekar said on Sunday, “We will also be discussing that. If Manohar Parrikar was well, there would be no need to change the leader. But because his health is critical now and there is day to day deterioration in his health the party has to take some decision.”
He said, “If the government has to be run you need a Chief Minister, you need a Cabinet leader.”
Dy. Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo had said on Saturday evening that the doctors examining ailing Chief Minister were not saying he will recover. “Mr. Parrikar is very ill since last (Friday) night and doctors are examining him repeatedly and they aren’t saying that he will recover,” Mr. Lobo said, after attending a meeting of BJP MLAs at the party’s state headquarters in Panaji late on Saturday.
Mr. Parrikar was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2018.
Congress stakes claim to form govt.
The Congress on Saturday asked Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to dismiss the government led by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as “it has lost the strength of the House” following the death of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza and asked her to invite the party to form the government.
It also urged her “not to bring the State under President’s Rule as it would be a violation of the Constitution”. In a letter to the Governor, Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said the coalition government, led by Mr. Parrikar, was now in a “minority”.
Goa Chief Minister Parrikar ‘critical’, State BJP leaders to meet – The Hindu