CM Manohar Parrikar wanted to quit but BJP high command did not allow: Goa minister

Manohar Parrikar/File Image

A Goa minister on Thursday stated that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wanted to resign, but the BJP high command did not let him accomplish that, information company PTI reported.

“He wanted to give up the CM’s post altogether. He had even shown inclination to give away his portfolios (to other ministers) when he was admitted to a hospital during Ganesh Chaturthi festival,” Goa Forward Party chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai

“But then several things happened. BJP high command stepped in….it (to resign or not) is not in his (Parrikar’s) hands entirely,” Sardesai instructed reporters.

Parrikar, affected by a pancreatic ailment, has been recuperating at his residence since he was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi on October 14. 

“I have always been saying that CM’s ill-health has had some sort of impact, and it is showing,” Sardesai stated on being requested about impartial MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte’s comment that the administration has grow to be sluggish in Parrikar’s absence.

To a query on one other alliance accomplice Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) submitting a petition in opposition to two former Congress MLAs who joined the BJP, the minister stated it was stunning.

MGP has moved the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court, searching for to disqualify Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, former Congress MLAs who just lately joined the BJP.

“It is a matter between two constituents of the alliance — BJP and MGP. So we are not concerned with it,” Sardesai stated.

“As far as MGP is concerned, its decision to go to the court is surprising….I can believe it is a preemptive move, they (MGP) have not lost anything, Congress has lost two MLAs,” Sardesai stated in a cryptic comment.

Speculation was rife earlier that MGP MLAs may be a part of the BJP which does not have a majority by itself in Goa Assembly.

BJP spokespersons had been not out there for touch upon Sardesai’s remarks. 

(With PTI inputs)

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