Putting an end to uncertainty prevailed on the successor of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is critically sick since last eight months, the BJP president Amit Shah today announced that Parrikar will continue in office.
However, he said they will soon be changes in his council of ministers. Shah said on Twitter the decision to continue with Parrikar, who is being treated in a hospital in Delhi, was made after discussions with the BJP’s “core team”.
Parrikar was flown to New Delhi for treatment at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on September 15. Before flying to AIIMS, he was reportedly urged both Prime Minister Narenra Modi and Amit Shah to relieve him from his office and find some successor to him, in view of his worsening health condition.
In fact, BJP leadership tried to opt leader of supporting Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar, as his successor, making him to merge his party with BJP. But, the trouple started with other supporting party Goa Forward Party opposed the move, besides three more independents, who are supporting the government. These two supporting parties too have each three MLAs.
As BJP is not having majority in the assembly on its own and no leader is capable of ensuring stability to the government, the BJP seems to be left with no option but to ask Parrikar to continue. Ministeries being held by him are likely to be given to others, so that no administrative work be blocked in his absence. Congress claim to form government with its 16 MLAs also made BJP not to give scope for a division among its supporting MLAs, which would give advantage for Congress.