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BJP central leaders to take stock of situation in Goa, Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Central observers of the BJP are

expected to arrive in Sunday to take stock of the political situation, even as the opposition says it is watching the developments and will explore the possibility of forming government in the state.

The coastal state, currently ruled by the BJP-led government, is witnessing hectic political activity as Chief Manohar Parrikar, who has been ailing since sometime, has been admitted to the All (AIIMS) in

BJP's central observers B L and are likely to arrive in Sunday afternoon to take stock of the political situation and initiate a discussion with party leaders and alliance partners for a possible merger.

The Parrikar-led government is ruling the state with the support of the Forward Party (GFP), the (MGP) and Independents.

"The central observers will meet BJP legislators and office-bearers followed by a meeting with the GFP, MGP and Independents," a senior BJP said.

Michael Lobo, who is the of the Goa Assembly, had told Saturday that the party emissaries would suggest to allies that they should become part of the saffron party.

"A proposal will be made to the GFP and MGP, asking them to merge with the BJP. Only after that, we will take up issues such as who will be the next chief or who will take over the charge or anything related to it," Lobo said.

The BJP currently has 14 legislators in the 40-member assembly while the GFP, the MGP and Independents have three each.

The has 16 MLAs while the Nationalist Party (NCP) has one

Meanwhile, the Congress said it was watching the developments and may explore the possibility of forming government in Goa but "not by compromising the state's interest".

"Our stand is very clear. We will definitely explore all possibilities but that does not mean that we will do it by compromising the ideology or the interest of Goans," All India Congress Committee A Chellakumar, who is also Goa in-charge of the party, said.

"We are not in a hurry to capture power by compromising the interest of the people of Goa. The Congress is accountable to the people," he added.

Chellakumar said his party was watching the developments in the state.

"All our MLAs are together. We are simply watching what is going on in the ruling camp. The internal bickering has already started. The cabinet ministers have started throwing stones on each other," he said.

The Congress said all legislators in Goa, cutting across party lines, should take a stand for the sake of the state.

"All this time there was no government at all in Goa since the BJP took over in 2017. The governance was totally nil. The BJP has miserably failed in all aspects. So why you (referring to allies) take onus of all these things by being part of that government?" he said.

Chellakumar said it is the time for legislators who went with the BJP to rectify their mistake.

"It is in their hand whether to remain in the same sinking boat or leave it. They are there against the wishes of people of Goa and against the wishes of their own voters," he said referring to MLAs of parties having an alliance with the ruling BJP.

Parrikar, 62, was admitted to the AIIMS Saturday morning. He had undergone a three-month-long treatment in the for pancreatic ailment earlier this year.

The MGP had said Saturday it was "high time" Parrikar handed over the charge to the senior-most in his cabinet during his absence.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 13:10 IST
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