New Delhi: The BJP central leadership may send some leaders from the national capital to Goa today- in face of a persistent threat to its Manohar Parrikar government after the Congress wrote to the Governor demanding a chance to stake claim. The BJP has also called an urgent meeting at its Panaji office and asked all leaders to attend it in order to effectively decided on the party’s future course in the state.
In the letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, 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.”
A report in News18 suggests that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari could be asked to reach Goa and take interim charge as he was the last election in-charge of the state. Some sources also say that the Bhartiya Janata Party has started to look for a chief ministerial candidate to replace Manohar Parrikar.
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. The health of Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, had deteriorated earlier in the day sparking hectic political activities across parties in the coastal state.
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.
Goa Panchayat Minister and BJP MLA Mauvin Godinho said the meeting discussed preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha and bypolls as well as “other challenges” facing the state. Godinho said Parrikar’s health was also discussed.
Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, after the meeting, said, “The BJP is aware that the Chief Minister’s condition is not well. Some of our party leaders had met him during the day. Concerns about his health were raised.”
Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral asserted that the meet did not deliberate on the leadership change issue. “The CM is there and he is strong. So there is no reason to discuss leadership change,” the BJP MLA said.
Six MLAs, allies in the BJP-led Goa government, had met Parrikar earlier in the day and extended support to him.
One of them, Goa Forward Party president Vijai Sardesai had told reporters “the CM’s health has deteriorated, but he is stable”. “He is not on life support. I don’t know what medical term we can use for it. The chief minister’s office has said he is stable, so we will take it that he is stable,” Sardesai had said after he met Parrikar.
With agency inputs