Panaji: With the allies getting restless since Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar left for Delhi for further treatment and the Congress openly posing a challenge in Goa, BJP chief Amit Shah has had to step in, said media reports on Tuesday. According to news18, Shah had, on Sunday, called up state minister and Goa Forward Party (GFP) leader Vijay Sardesai to inform him that help was at hand and a team of observers from the BJP was being sent to take stock of the situation.
The portal also quoted Sardesai as saying that he appreciated the prompt action by Shah. The minister has reportedly been upset ever since reports of Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) leader and PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar’s name being propped as the CM after merging his party with the BJP began doing the rounds. With three MLAs, GFP’s Sardesai is known to have nurtured the dream of being the chief minister, said the report.
Both GFP and MGP have three MLAs each while the BJP has 14 in the House of 40. The BJP, its allies and Independents have 24 MLAs, while Opposition Congress has 16 MLAs. Soon after Parrikar was flown to AIIMS, Delhi, for treatment, MGP president Deepak Dhavalikar had demanded that the “senior most minister” be handed over the government’s charge. The senior most minister is his brother Sudin.
Even as the Congress added to the clamour for power by staking claim, yet again, to form the government, the BJP has continued to rule out any change of guard in Goa. The saffron party has maintained that Parrikar was doing fine and would be back in the saddle soon. The Congress has submitted a memorandum to the Governor, urging her not to dissolve the Assembly and invite the party to form the government, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said.