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Consensus eluding BJP, allies on next Goa chief minister, says Gadkari

Gadkari added that he was in Goa till 6 pm Monday and hoped a name for the next CM of the coastal state agreeable to all would be arrived at by then

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PTI

Union minister Monday evening said a consensus eluded the and its allies on the next chief minister following the death of

He said the had zeroed in on the next CM candidate but its allies in the state were yet to get on board.

He, however, did not reveal who the had chosen.

There have been a series of meetings involving the Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party's three MLAs each, an equal number of Independents, and BJP legislators since late Sunday night to reach a consensus on Parrikar's successor.

had flown into the state early Monday to lead the discussion.

"We are yet to reach a consensus (with allies) on a candidate for the CM's post. We are in talks with our alliance partners, said.

Gadkari added that he was in till 6 pm Monday and hoped a name for the next CM of the coastal state agreeable to all would be arrived at by then.

Earlier in the afternoon, Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai said the stalemate over the issue continued as the BJP was yet to clarify on some apprehensions he and other allies had raised.

Names of Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, and MGP chief Sudin Dhavalikar have been doing the rounds since Monday morning.

First Published: Mon, March 18 2019. 17:35 IST
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