Goa CM Manohar Parrikar calls cabinet meet at AIIMS

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar calls cabinet meet at AIIMS

Courtesy : Nationalist bureau13/10/2018 08:45

Sources say, Parrikar may cabinet reshuffle at today's meet

New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has called a cabinet meeting at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, where he is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment.

This is the first official meeting called by Mr Parrikar since he was admitted to AIIMS on September 15.

Matters regarding the state's governance is expected to be discussed at the meeting with minister and alliance partners – the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP).

According to sources, the chief minister is also likely to discuss portfolios to be assigned to the allies.

MGP leader and PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar, GFP leader and Town Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and Minister of Art and Culture Govind Gawade have been invited to the meeting.

Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar, who is supporting the BJP-led ruling alliance in Goa is also expected to attend today's meeting, sources in the BJP said.

"I have been invited for the meeting with the chief minister in Delhi on October 12. I don't know who else is invited," Mr Gawade told The Nationalist, adding that he has not been informed about the agenda.

The opposition in Goa has raised questions over the stability of the government because of Parrikar's illness.

All the 16 Congress legislators in Goa had met Governor Mridula Sinha on September 19 and demanded a floor test of the BJP-led government, after the 62-year-old chief minister was admitted to AIIMS.

On that same day, BJP president Amit Shah met party leaders in Goa to work out a plan and prevent any political crisis.

The BJP chief had said Parrikar would remain the chief minister but a cabinet reshuffle is likely soon.

Goa Deputy Speaker and BJP lawmaker Michael Lobo had last Friday told reporters that the state administration has "totally collapsed" because of the absence of Parrikar.

BJP’s key ally the MGP dismissed questions over the stability of the Parrikar-led government, but said his party is ready to face mid-term polls in case the Assembly is dissolved.

The BJP has 14 lawmakers in the 40-member Assembly.

 

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