New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday announced that ailing Manohar Parrikar will continue as Goa chief minister. Shah further said that there will changes in the state cabinet soon. Shah announcement has put an end to all the speculations over the continuation of Parrikar as CM. Also Read - Twitter Suspends Account of Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei For Tweet Against Trump
Shah tweeted in Hindi, “After discussions with the team of Goa State BJP, it has been decided that Mr. Manohar Parrikar will continue as Goa Chief Minister. The changes in the cabinet and departments of the state government will be made shortly.” Also Read - 'Your Voice Will Live Forever': Bhajan Singer Narendra Chanchal Dies at 80, Heartfelt Condolences Pour in
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.