New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health is believed to be deteriorating again, a day after he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Parrikar, who is battling advanced pancreatic cancer, has been in and out of the hospital for the past one year now.
Earlier in the day it was reported that the BJP central leadership is rushing to the coastal state in face of a persistent threat from Congress trying to stake claim on the House. The BJP on Sunday also convened an urgent meeting at its Panaji office, to ponder and effectively decide on the future course of its government in the state. All BJP leaders and members are expected to attend the meeting.
The Congress has 14 lawmakers in the 40-member assembly, whereas the BJP has 13- and backed by three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and MGP, an Independent, and the only NCP legislator in the state. Three seats in the assembly are currently lying vacant.
‘NO RECOVERY POSSIBLE’
Earlier on Saturday, MLAs and core committee members of Goa BJP met to discuss the political situation arising out of the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. A senior BJP office-bearer who attended the meeting in Panaji, chaired by state unit chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, said the political situation was discussed but not the issue of leadership change.
Doctors examining ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar aren’t saying he will recover, Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said on Saturday. He also said that as long as Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer is alive, there will be no leadership change in the BJP-led coalition government.
“Parrikar is very ill since last night. Doctors who are examining him aren’t saying that he will recover…” Lobo said, after attending a meeting of BJP MLAs at the party’s Goa headquarters.
Sources, requesting anonymity told IANS that Parrikar’s blood pressure had dropped considerably on Saturday morning.
CONGRESS EYES THE HOUSE
In the letter to Governor Mridula Sinha written on Saturday, Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar sought permission for the ‘single largest party Congress to form the government’ in view of deteriorating health of Goa chief minister. The leader of the Opposition further said the Congress anticipates that numbers of the BJP may dwindle due to its ailing leader.
The letter also stated a warning that any attempt to bring Goa under President’s rule would be illegal and will be challenged by the party. Kavlekar also said, “incumbent BJP-led state government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people, has also lost the strength in the House.”
BJP LOOKING FOR CM?
Some sources suggest that the BJP leadership has sent its emissaries to Goa in order to consult with MLAs and alliance partners to conclude on a chief ministerial candidate in case of adversity. According to a News18 report, Union minister Nitin Gadkari could be asked to step in as an interim in-charge (this input could not be verified).