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BJP central observers reach Goa to take stock of situation, Cong keeps watch

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

A three-member team of central observers of the ruling BJP arrived in on Sunday afternoon to take stock of the political situation in view of Chief Manohar Parrikar's indisposition, even as the said it is watching the developments.

Parrikar, 62, has been admitted to the All (AIIMS) in for treatment.

Some have suggested that the BJP is exploring alternatives for the chief minister's position in till Parrikar gets well.

The (BJP) sent its national general secretaries B L and and in-charge to assess the situation in the state, where the party came to power with the support of regional outfits and

"They will be holding a series of meetings on Sunday and Monday with BJP leaders and also the alliance partners -- the Goa Forward Party, the and Independents," told reporters.

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

"A proposal will be made to the GFP and the 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 had said.

The BJP currently has 14 legislators in the 40-member assembly while the GFP and the MGP have three each. The is also supported by three

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

Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday 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 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 watching what is going on in the ruling camp. The internal bickering has already started. The cabinet ministers have started throwing stones at 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.

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

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

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 16:00 IST