Days after the Leader of Opposition in Goa, Girish R Chodankar, wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha expressing his fear on the possible dissolution of assembly in the state, the ruling BJP has finally started to find Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s successor.
Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment for his fourth stage pancreatic cancer, is expected to arrive in Delhi on Saturday for further treatment. He has been unable to work effectively since February and has flown to the US repeatedly for treatment.
Chodankar, in his three-page letter (exclusively reported by Janta Ka Reporter), had written to Sinha that his party should be given a chance to form an alternative government before she decided to dissolve the assembly.
He had written, “Goa is presently passing through a fluid political situation. With ailing ministers (including the chief minister), the Government led by Manohar Parrikar is in minority and is struggling with its allies and intra-party politics within the coalition. Mr Parrikar is struggling with his own health issues and has not resumed his office since his return from the USA. Due to this, it is evident that the CM is losing his grip over allies and also his own party. As a result, the administration has completely collapsed.”
Meanwhile, several sources close to the BJP top brass said that Amit Shah had begun the exercise to find Parrikar’s successor in the state. A report by NDTV said that a BJP central team led by Ram Lal and BL Santosh is expected to visit Goa on Monday to find a ‘stand-in’ chief minister as Parrikar undergoes his treatment for cancer.
Shah is believed to have already discussed the matter with Parrikar about the leadership change in the state.
In last year’s assembly elections, the BJP had managed to win only 13 out of 40 MLAs. The Congress had won 18 seats, emerging as the single largest party. But, the BJP had staked its claim to form the government with the help of the Goa Forward Party led by Vijai Sardesai, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Nationalist Congress Party.