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Kamat may join BJP, succeed Parrikar as Goa CM

IANS  |  Panaji 

The (BJP) legislators on Sunday discussed during a meeting at the state headquarters of the many options the possibility of former and MLA joining the BJP and taking over from Manohar Parrikar, said.

"Digambar (Kamat) has gone to to join the BJP. He has no other business there," Lobo said.

created a buzz in the political circles here after he left for early Sunday. The visit, told reporters at the Dabolim International Airport, was for a "private purposes."

Another BJP MLA said Kamat, who like Parrikar belonged to the influential Gaur Saraswat Brahmin caste, could be the for chief ministership if he decided to make the political switch as there was no clear candidate in the BJP ranks to succeed Parrikar.

"Our party is in talks with Kamat. But his exit from the has not been finalised yet. He has worked with the BJP leadership before and the transition should not be an issue," the BJP MLA said.

At the BJP legislators' meeting, the suggestion to induct Kamat was met with mixed response, with some opposing and others supporting it.

However, of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said Kamat was a of the party and had sought permission before leaving for on a private visit.

"There is no doubt about Kamat's commitment to the party. He will stay with the Congress," Kavlekar said.

The BJP is scouting for successor to Parrikar who is suffering from His health has reportedly worsened over the last 48 hours, according to some BJP MLAs.

Kamat once served as a in the Parrikar-led cabinet in 2000, but he quit the party subsequently to join the Congress, claiming that he was feeling suffocated in the BJP.

In 2007, he served as the of a Congress-led coalition government. Kamat is also being probed in the as well as the Louis Berger consultancy scam, in which a former Minister has already been arrested.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:28 IST
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