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Ministers meeting Parrikar in Delhi a 'political drama': Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The in Friday said state Cabinet ministers meeting ailing Manohar Parrikar in a hospital was nothing but a "political drama" enacted to show the BJP-led government exists and is functioning.

Parrikar (62), undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment in (AIIMS), held meetings Friday with party leaders as well as coalition allies to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally.

Pradesh Committee (GPCC) Girish Chodankar said the CM meeting his ministers in New was an attempt to prove that "the government is functioning".

Besides meeting ministers from allies, Parrikar also held parleys with members of the BJP Core Committee.

"The Parrikar-led government is facing criticism from all the quarters, including their own partymen, for failing to deliver.

"The continued presence of CM in has crippled the without alternate arrangements," he said.

Chodankar said there is a virtual pause on the entire governance in Goa since more than nine months.

He said it is unfortunate that Cabinet ministers had to travel all the way to Delhi to hold a meeting with the

The meeting was a "political drama", the said.

"What is painful is that there is no certainty as till when such exercise of Delhi visit will continue and the people of Goa will continue to suffer," he added.

Chodankar said the Congress still feels should listen to the "voice of the people of Goa and opposition parties and allow us to prove our numbers on the floor of the House".

Ministers (Goa Foward Party), Sudin Dhavalikar (Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party), and (both Independent MLAs) were among those who met Parrikar. BJP ministers and - were also present at the meeting.

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

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 21:40 IST