BJP Goa tells High Command that they want Parrikar to continue as CM
Panjim, Sept 16 (GCNews) BJP MLA and leaders in Goa have told the Central leadership that they want Parrikar to continue as CM and if at all a leader has to be selected after Parrikar it must be through BJP ranks only.
The central leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comprising of National General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, B L Santosh and Vijay Puranik met party MLAs, MLAs of alliance partners and Independent MLAs extended support to the BJP led government in the state in a city hotel on Sunday.
The team of three leaders arrived in the state in the afternoon to find a solution to a leadership crisis, which has arisen in the wake of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
While the senior BJP leaders held meeting with the MLAs, legislators from alliance partenrs, particularly from Goa Forward Party (GFP) and independents stepped up pressure on the visiting leaders of the ruling party to find a permanent solution to the crisis, not a temporary one.
Speaking to reporters before meeting the central team, GFP President and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardessai claimed that he had support of five MLAs and those MLAs were of the view that there should be permanent solution to the crisis.
“We six want a permanent solution. We do not want a temporary arrangement. This is what we are going to tell them,” he said.
GFP has three MLAs in the 40 member Assembly and all three are ministers in the Manohar Parrikar cabinet.
MLAs of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), which has three MLAs in the 40 member assembly and two of them are ministers, are expected to meet the BJP central leaders later.
However there was informal proposal from MGP to make senior MGP leader and Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar Deputy Chief Minister and officiating Chief Minister but it was opposed by Goa Forward Party.
Support of alliance partners and independent MLAs is crucial for survival of the BJP -led government as it has only 14 MLAs in the assembly.
On the other hand, BJP MLAs who met their central leaders reposed faith in the leadership of Parrikar, former defence minister, and stressed that if need be, there should be new leader from the BJP ranks.
Speaking to reporters, BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral said, “Within the BJP, they should find somebody and Manohar Parrikar should remain the Chief Minister till he is alive.”