Panaji (Goa): The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday dismissed the Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral statement that “GFP leader Vijay Sardesai’s views on new CM is out of personal interest” and said that the party is committed to “coalition dharma”. The BJP, in a statement, said, “Bharatiya Janata Party has dismissed as misleading news item attributed to Power Minister Nilesh Cabral in a section of media stating ‘GFP leader Vijay Sardesai’s views on new CM is out of personal interest’.” Also Read - Goa Travel News For Adventure Enthusiasts: New Rules For Water Sports And Cruises as State Increases Activities

Mentioning the meeting that BJP chief Amit Shah had with the leaders of both the coalition partners for consultation regarding the present political situation in Goa and also future strategy, the statement said that the party chief emphasized the need for co-operation amongst all the alliance partners.

“Bharatiya Janata Party is fully committed to ‘coalition dharma’ and mutual trust and respect to the constituent parties therein. BJP will ensure that the current State Government will function effectively in the interest of the State and the Goan people at large,” the statement added.

The statement from Goa BJP came hours after Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai Saturday claimed Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s ailment was affecting his working and that of the state administration.

“I expect them (BJP) to clarify. I am not a hypocrite, I will discuss the issue straight. It is a fact that the CM is ill and that has affected his working. As a result, it has affected the Goa administration. There are no two ways about it,” Sardesai told reporters in Margao.

“BJP leadership is seriously looking at the leadership issues and I have explained to him (Shah) the aspirations of the Goan people… There are some names that are being discussed,” Sardesai had said.

Earlier, BJP leader Nilesh Cabral, who was recently inducted into the Goa Cabinet, had reportedly claimed that Sardesai’s statement on leadership change, made a couple of days ago, was due to his “private interest”. Sardesai’s statements came a day after BJP’s Goa unit said there would be no change of leadership in the coastal state.