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Hospitalised Parrikar meets BJP leaders, allies; to shed

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Ailing Chief Manohar Parrikar is expected to shed "many" of his portfolios after Dussehra, according to ministers who met him Friday in a hospital in New to discuss governance issues in his home state.

Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment in (AIIMS), held meetings with party leaders as well as allies to discuss ways to ensure that his government functions normally.

Leaders of the ruling BJP and allies, who met Parrikar separately, ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.

Union and BJP told over phone from that the chief held review of the governance in during the meeting.

"There was no discussion about leadership change. Parrikar is recovering and he will continue to be the chief minister," the for AYUSH said.

"The is expected to return to from AIIMS for Diwali," Naik said.

He said the issue of allocation of portfolios to cabinet ministers was also discussed.

Vijay Sardesai, of BJP ally (GFP) and state Agriculture Minister, said Parrikar "wants to delegate many of the portfolios that he has".

"It is very clear that the wants to delegate many of the portfolios that he has and that is why he had discussions with us (alliance partners). We are likely to see this development (portfolio distribution) after Dussehra," Sardesai said.

Sardesai met Parrikar along with the of another ally (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar and Independent MLAs and

Earlier, Naik and state were part of a core committee that met Parrikar at AIIMS.

BJP ministers and were also present at the meeting.

Tendulkar, a member, said Parrikar discussed the party's organisational work in Goa.

Speaking after the meeting with allies, Sardesai said, "The CM wanted to ensure that Goa has a stable government and we told him that the alliance will play its role in the future."

"For Diwali, certainly the CM is going to come home after taking discharge from AIIMS," the GFP leader added.

Dhavalikar, also a minister in Parrikar's cabinet, said the CM discussed issues related to the development of the state during the meeting.

"The discussion was about development of the state and preparations to face the upcoming Lok Sabha elections," Dhavalikar said.

In the 40-member state assembly, the Parrikar-led government has the support of 23 MLAs.

These comprise 14 BJP MLAs, three each from the Goa Foward Party and MGP as well as three Independents.

The opposition is the single largest party in the Goa assembly with 16 MLAs.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 16:40 IST