BJP team leaves for Goa to forge political roadmap, will submit finalised options to Amit Shah tomorrow
The BJP needs to make a decision on how to go about the government in Goa as Manohar Parrikar is unable to continue as chief minister due to ill health.
Panaji: With Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, a team of central BJP leaders is expected to arrive in Goa on Sunday to assess and recommend to the Centre a political roadmap for the BJP-led coalition government.
Speaking to reporters, state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said the team led by BJP general secretary Ram Lal was expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon. "He will arrive in the afternoon to meet senior party leaders and coalition partners to decide on a course of action," Tendulkar said.
While a section of senior BJP leaders feel that dissolution of the state Assembly and a mid-term poll is the way ahead, instead of thrusting senior leaders at the helm of government, some legislators believe that the government should continue at any cost.
A proposal mooted in the presence of Parrikar on Friday to make coalition ally and Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party a deputy chief minister and an officiating chief minister has been shot down by another key ally Vijai Sardesai, the town and country planning minister and Goa Forward Party president.
Lal will meet officials from the BJP, allies as well as supporting Independent MLAs in a bid to forge a political strategy and finalise options for the post of chief minister, before recommending the same to BJP president Amit Shah on Monday.
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