A day after chief minister Manohar Parrikar returned to Goa, a minister of an alliance partner warned the ruling party Bharatiya Janata (BJP) against the dissolution of the state meeting even when the opposition Congress claimed to form the next government.
Parrikar, who suffers from pancreatic disease, began interacting with his family members on Monday, although doctors offered him a week's rest. In a video statement Goa Forward Party leader and Minister Vijay Sardesai called the ruling BJP on his & # 39; word & # 39; to maintain that the government would maintain its full term. "The responsibility lies with them (the BJP) and they will have to keep their promise that this government will complete its entire term and receive the continued support from the central government, as was seen in the past," Sardesai said. "BJP National President Amit Shah has assured me that the national leadership of the BJP is not interested in an interim poll or to dissolve the meeting, so if our commitment is there and their commitment is there, the responsibility of this government to stay with BJP's central management for the full five-year term, "he added.
The coalition partners – Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party and three independents – had made Pararar's leadership dependent on joining the alliance.
The office of the prime minister said that the health of Parrikar was improving. "He had a conversation with his family today," said Rupesh Kamat, press secretary of the prime minister.
Meanwhile, in a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress said it should be given the chance to form the government. "We have filed a petition with the Goa governor claiming to form the government and that there should be no decision to dissolve the house without considering the possibility of inviting our party to form the government.
For this reason, it is imperative that you give instructions and guide the Governor of Goa, so that there is no constitutional surrender to seek dissolution through false play, "stated Congress President Girish Chodankar in his letter.
Officials who were familiar with the case said that the current situation of the flux was "not ideal", but there was no option in the absence of an alternative to Parrikar. "The appointment of a new head minister means once again securing support from allies, which brings its own uncertainties," said a minister in the government who did not want to be mentioned. The BJP suppressed the fear that Parrikar's leadership was being reconsidered.
"He is a CM of the coalition for five years, he will finish that term and he will soon go to work," Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar told reporters.
First published: 15 October 2018 23:10 IST