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Parrikar to meet alliance partners at AIIMS on Oct 12

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

will meet the alliance partners of his government on October 12 at the AIIMS in where he is currently undergoing treatment, an said Wednesday.

Parrikar, 62, is admitted at the (AIIMS) in since September 15 for a pancreatic ailment.

"The alliance partners have been called for a meeting by the CM in on October 12 at AIIMS where he is admitted," a senior in the (CMO) here told

During the meeting, Parrikar would discuss "matters related to the state's governance," he said.

(MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar, Forward Party (GFP) and Independent MLAs Govind Gawade, and Prasad Gaonkar, who are supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance in Goa, have been invited for the meeting, the said.

"I have been invited for the meeting with the in Delhi on October 12. I don't know who else is invited," Gawade said, adding that he has not been informed about the meeting's agenda.

This would be the first formal meeting chaired by Parrikar since his admission to the AIIMS last month.

Highly placed sources said Parrikar is likely to distribute additional portfolios to his Cabinet ministers during this week.

"A discussion is likely in the meeting about portfolios to be distributed to the allies," a source said.

had last month said Parrikar would continue as the and that there would be reshuffle of his Cabinet soon.

Later, two ailing ministers and were dropped from the Cabinet and they were replaced with and

Questions over the stability of the government have been raised by the Opposition because of

Goa and MLA said last Friday that the has "totally collapsed" because of the absence of Parrikar and people were praying for his early recovery.

The MGP, a key ally in Goa's ruling BJP-led coalition, last Wednesday dismissed questions over the stability of but expressed readiness to face mid-term polls in case the Assembly is dissolved.

The BJP, which has 14 MLAs in the 40-member Assembly, is ruling the state with the help of the MGP, the GFP, the Nationalist Party (NCP) and three Independents. GFP and have three seats each and NCP has one.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 12:55 IST