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Allies step up pressure on BJP over leadership crisis

IANS  |  Panaji 

The Forward MLAs and independent legislators stepped up pressure on BJP leaders on Sunday to demand a permanent solution to the leadership crisis, even as BJP MLAs queued up to meet representatives of the in a bid to decide future course of political action in view of Manohar Parrikar's hospitalisation.

Speaking to reporters before meeting BJP's central team comprising of Ram Lal, B.L. Santosh and Vijay Puranik, Town and Country Planning and Forward President said that he had the support of five other MLAs and that all of them in one voice were going to demand a permanent solution to the current crisis.

"We six want a permanent solution. We do not want a temporary arrangement. This is what we are going to tell them," Sardesai said.

The six lawmakers include three Forward Ministers (including Sardesai) namely Fisheries and Jayesh Salgaokar, two Independent Ministers and and another Independent MLA

Representatives of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which has three MLAs in the 40-member Goa Assembly, are expected to meet the BJP central leaders later this evening.

A proposal to make senior MGP and Minister a Deputy officiating as has been opposed by Goa Forward.

The three central leaders are in the state to find a solution to a leadership crisis, which has arisen after Parrikar was shifted to the in Delhi on Saturday, creating a leadership void in the coastal state.

The (BJP) currently have 14 MLAs in the 40-member state assembly, of which three are severely ill. And therefore, support of allies is critical to the survival of the government.

BJP MLAs, who met the central observers all through Sunday afternoon, have reposed their faith in Parrikar's leadership for now and have insisted that a new leader, if needed, should come from the BJP ranks.

"Within the BJP, they should find somebody and Parrikar should remain the Chief Minister till he is alive," BJP MLA told reporters.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 19:52 IST