After BJP succeeded in getting resignations of two Congress MLAs before joining BJP, the party leadership is now seems to be confident that a change in the leadership of the party in Goa assembly may not disturb the party’s government in the state. As two or three more Congress MLAs are also expected to shift their loyalties, the change of its leadership seems to be imminent.
As Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is almost confining to bed since last February due to ill-health, till now BJP feared that any attempt to replace him may give scope for Congress to destabilise their government, being the larget part in the Assembly. Now, the it will be impossible for the Congress to make any such move.
Leaders of BJP coalition partners, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) scheduled to meet BJP president Amit Shah, today. Till now alliance partners are opposiong change of leadership. But as of now BJP no longer bound by the diktats of the allies. Earlier attempts to select an alternative leadership was stymied by squabbling allies with the MGP claiming that its leader Sudin Dhavalikar should be handed the baton since he is the senior-most leader.
The two coalition partners which had made Manohar Parrikar’s leadership conditional to them supporting the BJP led government now appeared to have climbed down from their respective positions. Former Congressman and current health minister Vishwajit Rane is the front-runner to succeed chief minister Manohar Parrikar should he decide to resign as chief minister. Rane, who was instrumental in wooing the two Congress legislators over to the BJP, has positioned himself as the pre-eminent candidate within the BJP.