New Delhi: Goa Minister Sudin Dahavalikar on Monday said that the state has an elected chief minister. Talking to a reporter he said, “We don’t need a permanent solution. We’ve elected a CM and he is doing a good job. Healthwise, Jayalalithaa was unwell for 1.5 years, no one raised the issue. I don’t understand why the issue is being raised now.” Also Read - Goa Travel in COVID Times: Tourists to be Photographed if Not Wearing a Mask
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. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Voting Underway In 2nd Phase of DDC Polls Amid Tight Security
Earlier in the day, the Congress party mocked Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for replacing two ailing ministers from his cabinet terming the decision as hypocrisy.
Parrikar removed two ministers — Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar — from his cabinet on health grounds. The development came at a time when Parrikar is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic disease at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah had announced that ailing Manohar Parrikar will continue as Goa Chief Minister and changes in the state cabinet will be made soon. “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,” Shah tweeted.
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. 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.