Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (ANI Photo)
A day after the Congress staked claim to form the government in Goa, state BJP leadership held a meeting to discuss the political situation arising in the state amid reports of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s deteriorating health condition. After the meeting, former Goa minister and BJP core committee member Dayanand Mandrekar said that the central leadership will have to take a call on new chief minister as Parrikar’s health is "very critical".
"If Manohar Parrikar was well, there would be no need to change the leader. But because his health is critical now and there is day to day deterioration (in his health condition) the party has to take some decision. I think it will happen," Mandrekar said, adding that you need a chief minister to run the government.
According to reports, the BJP has already started exploring options for the new chief minister and is likely to send its representatives to the state to consult the legislators. During the BJP's Goa unit meeting, the MLAs have reportedly said that the new chief minister should be one of them and not a parachute candidate.
Meanwhile, Goa BJP spokesperson Sandesh Sadhale said that the party’s leadership both in Centre as well as the state were already discussing the political transition in the state. "We are already thinking on Goa political transit phase. We will come out of all things with greater success,” he said in a statement.
The development has come a day after Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha asking her to dismiss the BJP-led state government.
"Consequent upon the sad demise of Francis D'Souza, MLA, who belonged to the BJP, it is humbly submitted that the incumbent BJP-led state government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people and now also lost strength in the House," Kavlekar said in a letter to the Governor.
"It is, therefore, incumbent upon you to dismiss the state government led by the BJP to ensure that the Indian National Congress, which is the single-largest party in the House and is presently enjoying the majority, be called to form government," he said.
Currently, the Congress has 14 MLAs in the 40-member Goa Assembly, while the BJP has 13 lawmakers. The BJP government has the backing of the Goa Forward Party and MGP. Both parties have three MLAs each. After D'Souza's demise, three Assembly seats in Goa remain vacant.