New Delhi: Goa Congress Pradesh Committee chairman Girish Chodankar on Saturday intensified attack on Bharatiya Janata Party over its decision to continue with ailing Manohar Parrikar as the state’s chief minister and linked it to the controversial Rafale deal. “If they upset Parrikar, he may put details related to the Rafale deal in public domain as he was the defence minister at the time of the deal, said Chodankar, while addressing a press conference in Panjim.
Furthermore he added,”Congress cooperated with the BJP government in the state on account of CM Parrikar’s ailing health, but without a full-time CM, governance has been affected.”
His statement comes a day after Parrikar met state BJP core committee members at AIIMS in Delhi to discuss the functioning of the government in Goa. At the meeting, Parrikar told the ministers that he would be delegating additional portfolios to them after Dussehra.
Notably, Parrikar has been admitted to the AIIMS for follow-up treatment reportedly of a pancreatic ailment. The 62-year-old IIT engineer-turned-politician is running the BJP-led government with the help of two regional allies, – the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party – and three Independents.
Last month, the BJP had ruled out change in leadership in Goa, claiming Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, admitted to the New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), is fine.
Political activity in Goa has hit the headlines in the absence of an ailing 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.