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Cong demands "full-time" CM for Goa in Parrikar's absence

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The today demanded the appointment of a "full-time" minister for the coastal state in the absence of Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment in the US.

The MLAs and office-bearers staged a demonstration here at the first minister, late Dayanand Bandodkar, in support of their demand.

Parrikar, 62, is currently undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at a hospital in the US.

In his absence, a three-member advisory committee comprising cabinet ministers is looking into the day-to-day affairs of the state.

Pradesh Committee said, "We have petitioned everyone, including the governor, seeking the appointment of a full-time in the absence of Parrikar, but nothing seems to be happening."

Today, the party workers and legislators assembled at the and "prayed" that the ruling dispensation led by the BJP appoint a full-time chief minister, he said.

Bandodkar, the of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), was the first of

After Bandodkar's death in 1973, his memorial was built close to the in the state capital.

The MGP, Goa's oldest regional party, is currently a part of the Parrikar-led government.

"The MGP, which was formed by Bandodkar, is a part of the state government, but it also does not have guts to ask for the (appointment of full-time) chief minister," Chodankar told party workers at the

He said Amit Shah, who is scheduled to visit Goa later today, should look into the "misgovernance" in the state in Parrikar's absence.

Shah is expected to address party workers at a stadium near during his visit.

Chodankar said the Congress will continue with its demand.

The three-member panel formed by Parrikar comprises ministers Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP), (BJP) and Vijai Sardesai (Goa Forward Party, another ruling coalition partner).

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 13:40 IST