One of the key allies of the BJP in Goa has told the saffron party unequivocally that it was their responsibility to ensure that the government in the western coastal state completed full term. Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward Party said that BJP President Amit Shah had called him on Sunday to assure that the government in the state will last its full term.
Sardesai, who’s the GFP president and Town and Country Planning Minister, told news agency PTI, “With or without Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister, the state government should complete its term.” His comments came in amidst reports that BJP was planning to dissolve the state assembly in the wake of deteriorating health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Talking about his conversation with Shah, Sardesai said, “Amit Shah spoke to me and I have said no to mid-term poll.” He said that the ‘the onus is on the BJP high command to fulfil their commitment and see that the government completes its tenure.’ He also said that ‘the people of Goa are watching them (BJP).’
Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, has returned to Goa after a prolonged stay at Delhi’s AIIMS. The Congress has alleged that the reason why Parrikar was not being removed despite his poor health adversely impacting the governance because the latter knew too many secrets related to what’s being billed as Rafale scam.
Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar had told reporters in Panjim, “If they upset him, he may put those details in the public domain.” The state Congress president was reacting a day after it was reported that Parrikar had called his cabinet meeting at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences last week. This had not gone down well with many on social media, where an overwhelming majority of users accused Parrikar of being greedy for power.