New Delhi: Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday met his cabinet ministers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. After the meeting, Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said that Parrikar is likely to allocate additional portfolios to ministers in the state’s BJP-led coalition cabinet after Dussehra.
Sardesai was one of the many cabinet ministers who met Parrikar at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi where the former Defence Minister is being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer.
“At the meeting today, the Chief Minister informed us about his decision to allot additional portfolios after Dussehra which falls on October 19. It is his prerogative,” said Sardesai.
Sardesai also said that while Parrikar would be keeping key portfolios to himself, he would allocate some other portfolios which he is holding charge of to other ministers. Party sources said that Parrikar was likely to keep key portfolios like Finance, Home and General Administration.
“The list may also include Mining, Education and Civil Aviation,” a senior Bharatiya Janata Party official said.
It is to be noted here that Parrikar was admitted at AIIMS in September. Political activity in Goa has gathered steam in the absence of an ailing Manohar Parrikar. The main opposition Congress had claimed to form a government in the state. The Congress, along with 14 legislators in the 40-member state Assembly, had submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, urging her to invite them to form the government.
In the assembly elections held in February last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority by four seats.
The state is being ruled by the BJP with the support of Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), NCP and Independents. The BJP has 14 seats in the Assembly, GFP and MGP have three each and NCP has one. There are also three Independents.
Manohar Parrikar is admitted in AIIMS in the national capital for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. He had returned from the US in the first week of September, days after which he was admitted to a hospital at Candolim in north Goa. Earlier this year, he had undergone a three-month-long treatment in the US.