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Life after Parrikar's Delhi airlift doesn't look easy for Goa BJP (News Analysis)

IANS  |  Panaji 

After nearly three decades of Manohar Parrikar's complete dominance over the affairs of state BJP, the party is now looking at life in without him, who is battling advanced and was airlifted to New Delhi's prestigious AIIMS on Saturday.

With apparently chances of Parrikar's return to active bleak, life doesn't appear all that smooth for the leadership, at least for now, as it is already battling crises of lack of credible successors, skeptical alliance partners who have sniffed the weakness, and the possibility of an ugly succession battle for power in Parrikar's absence.

For now, several core (BJP) leaders in seem to be in favour of dissolution of the state assembly, instead of allowing leaders from other alliance parties to head the coalition.

Barely hours after Parrikar took off in a specially chartered flight to the national capital on the instructions of the high command, alliance partners (MGP) and the Goa Forward have already started scrapping publicly over sharing of power.

"The should appoint the senior-most in-charge. Goa has already suffered because of lack of leadership. We need to fill that void," state MGP told reporters, throwing his party MLA, brother and Sudin Dhavalikar's hat in the ring for the post of officiating

However, Goa Forward and Town and Country Planning has already rejected the option to make Dhavalikar the Deputy Minister, with an ailing Parrikar continuing in the top post.

Both parties had contested the 2017 Assembly poll on an anti-BJP plank but had later joined the BJP-led coalition government on the condition that only Parrikar should head the coalition.

Another proposition, which was discussed by Dhavalikar with the BJP leadership about merging his regional party MGP with the BJP, has seen stiff resistance from the cadres of both parties.

Last week, state in a letter to had asked her not to consider the possibility of dissolution of the state Assembly and invite the Congress, which has more MLAs than the BJP in the 40-member House, to form the government instead of dissolving the House.

Party leaders say, under the current scenario, the best option would be Union for AYUSH and North Shripad Naik, who is a popular of the OBC, a significant which is peeved at the "pro-Brahmin politics" orchestrated with Parrikar at the helm of state and party affairs.

"Shripad is widely acceptable, both as a person and a His nature is to take everyone along," a BJP said.

There are also talks within the party about a possible anti-incumbency factor working for Naik in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Getting Naik, a three-time MP from North Goa, back into the state would serve well for the party instead.

Elder to Parrikar by three years, Naik, 65, is complete counterfoil to Parrikar's personality. While Parrikar is a sharp, incisive and intimidating, Naik is warm, gentle and known for his warm camaraderie.

Naik, in a way, has also been at the receiving end of Parrikar's style of functioning, which did not allow any second power centre in Goa to develop.

The other options being touted within the party are and state BJP and Rajya Sabha MP While Sawant's candidature has been opposed by alliance partners, Tendulkar could emerge as the dark horse in the BJP's quest for a homegrown CM.

(Mayabhushan Nagvenkar can be contacted at mayabhushan.n@ians.in)

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First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 21:32 IST
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