Sudin Dhavalikar, to be new Goa CM

As there is no indication of any improvement in the health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP leadership seems to be is getting ready to transfer power to its alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

As BJP is not having majority on its own in the assembly, in the absence of Parrikar, it is found difficult to ensure survival of the government with BJP person as head. this makes the party to accept the second senior most minister in the Manohar Parrikar government Ramkrishna, also known as Sudin Dhavalikar, has emerged as the next chief minister of the state.

Two senior BJP observers arrived in Panaji today after Manohar Parrikar was flown to Delhi where he has been admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for further treatment. BJP observers including organisation secretary Vijay Puranik took stock of the political situation after Parrikar left for Delhi.

It may be recalled that in 2014, Sudin Dhavalikar had worked up a storm when he insisted that bikinis should be banned on Goa’s beaches. His party is having three members in Goa assemlby. Dhavalikar is likely to be made as Chief Minister within a week so that to end almost a year-long confusion on who will lead Goa in case Parrikar remains ill and absent from work for a long time.

The BJP believes Dhavalikar would be a better choice considering his proximity with party in-charge Nitin Gadkari. It was Gadkari who had engineered a reunion between BJP and MGP after the latter had withdrawn its support from the previous BJP government led by Laxmikant Parsekar.

The BJP has also taken a decision to replace ailing MLAs Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and Power Minister Pandurang Madkaika with Sanquelim MLA Pramod Sawant and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral.

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