New Delhi: Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wanted to resign, but the BJP high command vetoed it, claimed Goa Forward Party chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai.  The 62-year-old minister has been recuperating at his residence here since he was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi on October 14. He is suffering from a pancreatic ailment. Also Read - 'Seva Hi Sangathan': PM Modi Praises Bihar, Rajasthan BJP Workers For Relief Work Amid Pandemic

“He wanted to give up the CM’s post altogether. He had even shown inclination to give away his portfolios (to other ministers) when he was admitted to a hospital during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. But then several things happened. BJP high command stepped in….it (to resign or not) is  not in his (Parrikar’s) hands entirely,” Sardesai said, while speaking to reporters on Thursday. Also Read - Unlock 2.0: These Indian States Are Now Open to Tourists | Check List, Date, Conditions (But Stay at Home)

On being asked about independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte’s remark that the administration has become sluggish in Parrikar’s absence, Sardesai said, “I have always been saying that CM’s ill-health has had some sort of impact, and it is showing.” Also Read - 'Goondaraj in UP': Opposition Targets Yogi Government After 8 Policemen Killed in Kanpur

To a question on another alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) filing a petition against two former Congress MLAs who joined the BJP, the minister said it was surprising.

MGP has moved the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court, seeking to disqualify Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, former Congress MLAs who recently joined the BJP.

“It is a matter between two constituents of the alliance — BJP and MGP. So we are not concerned with it. As far as MGP is concerned, its decision to go to the court is surprising….I can believe it is a preemptive move, they (MGP) have not lost anything, Congress has lost two MLAs,” Sardesai said in a cryptic remark.

Meanwhile, the Congress in Goa has already upped the ante on the issue, accusing Parrikar as well as the state BJP of trying to hide the fact that the Union Law ministry had already rejected Parrikar’s request for amendment.

(With inputs from agencies)