Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa is locked in another crisis after the main opposition Congis fess claims to form the government stating now it is the single largest party in the state assembly. The party wrote to the Governor demanding a chance to stake claim. The BJP became alerted and today called an urgent meeting at its Panaji office, asking all its leaders to be present.
In the letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar sought permission for the ‘single largest party Congress to form the government’ in view of deteriorating health of Goa Chief Minister. The leader of the Opposition further said the Congress anticipates that numbers of the BJP may dwindle due to its ailing leader.
The letter also stated a warning that any attempt to bring Goa under President’s rule would be illegal and will be challenged by the party. Kavlekar also said, “incumbent BJP-led state government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people, has also lost the strength in the House.” With the death of a BJP MLA, its strength in the state assembly fallen to 13, as against 14 members of Congress.
Earlier on Saturday, MLAs and core committee members of Goa BJP met to discuss the political situation arising out of the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. The health of Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, had deteriorated earlier in the day sparking hectic political activities across parties in the coastal state.
A senior BJP office-bearer who attended the meeting in Panaji, chaired by state unit chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, said the political situation was discussed but not the issue of leadership change.