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'High time' Parrikar gives charge to seniormost minister: MGP

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The (MGP), an alliance partner in the Manohar Parrikar-led government in Goa, Saturday said it was "high time" the handed over the charge to the during his absence in the state.

Parrikar, 62, was flown to on Saturday for a follow-up treatment at the (AIIMS). According to the sources, he is scheduled to undergo a series of tests in the afternoon at the AIIMS.

has been undergoing treatment for his pancreatic ailment. Earlier this year, he had undergone a three-month-long treatment in the US. He had formed a to guide the state during his absence.

MGP, with its three legislators, has given support to the to form the government in the state along with the Forward Party (GFP) and other independent legislators.

Talking to reporters Saturday morning, MGP said, "It is high time hands over the charge to the for smooth functioning of the government."

He said in the last eight months, the government has not been able to function smoothly.

Dhavalikar said can remain the minister and hand over the charge to someone else in his absence.

When asked whether he wanted his elder brother and MGP to be given the charge, he said, "I don't know...let them tell who is the seniormost. I am just saying that whoever is given charge should be the seniormost. Let them tell who is the seniormost."

Sudin Dhavalikar, who is the the (PWD) Minister, is the seniormost member in the Parrikar-led cabinet.

The MGP also ruled out any possibility of the MGP's merger with the

"There is no question of merger. We are not interested in the merger. It will never happen. We have built the party over several years and it is the hope for future of Goa's We have 12-13 per cent vote share in the state, so where is the question of merging the party," Dhavalikar added.

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First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 12:55 IST