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Didn't get any offer from BJP to become Goa CM: Digambar Kamat

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Congress MLA Digambar Kamat on Sunday said that he didn't get any offer from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become Chief Minister of Goa.

"My programme in Delhi was finalised 2-3 days ago, there's no question of meeting anybody. I had gone to Delhi for personal work. I don't have any offers from the BJP; these stories were planted by vested interests. I'm not bothered about the leadership or the Chief Minister post," Kamat told ANI, adding that he didn't get any offer for Goa CM post.

"If becoming the Chief Minister of Goa is in my destiny then no one can stop him from getting the post," Former chief minister of Goa Kamat further said.

Expressing grief over the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who breathed his last on Sunday evening, Kamat said: "It is a big loss of the Bharatiya Janata Party."

Meanwhile, Goa Congress leaders G Chodankar and C Kavlekar again wrote a letter to Goa Governor staking claim to form Government.

"Coalition partners of Parrikar led Govt had allied with BJP on condition that Govt is headed by Manohar Parrikar. BJP, therefore, has no allies as of now," the letter read.

Denying the reports of the Kamat's entry in the BJP, BJP Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar said: "There are rumours in Goa that Digambar Kamat is joining BJP. We have got this information through media only. We have no information on this as yet."

Leader of Opposition in Goa assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar too refuted speculations of former Goa chief minister Kamat quitting Congress and accused the BJP of spreading 'rumours.'

Speaking to ANI, Kavlekar said: "Former chief minister and Congress leader Digambar Kamat will not leave the party. He is our senior leader and we can't even think of him leaving the party. BJP is creating these rumours because the situation is not well within their party. This also proves that BJP doesn't have a leader."

Congress is currently the single-largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. BJP has 13 legislators and its government is supported by three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtra Gomantak Party, and three Independents. Two Congress MLAs have resigned after defecting to the BJP.

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First Published: Mon, March 18 2019. 02:46 IST