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BJP looks for ‘stand-in’ CM in Goa as Parrikar set to fly to Delhi for treatment

The BJP will send a team on Monday to "explore alternatives as the 62-year-old Chief Minister's health remains worrying

New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leadership is looking for options “stand-in” leader in Goa as CM Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to will travel to Delhi on Saturday for medical treatment. He is expected to reach Delhi on a special flight this afternoon.

Parrikar – who returned from the US after a medical check-up last week – was admitted to a private hospital at Candolim in North Goa district Thursday evening.

According to reports, the BJP will send a team on Monday to “explore alternatives as the 62-year-old Chief Minister’s health remains worrying

Identifying a “stand-in” for Parrikar

  • Parrikar is believed to have spoken to BJP chief Amit Shah to discuss the move. Parrikar has been unwell for months and is believed to have expressed his inability to work normally.
  • On Friday, Parrikar met with the alliance party ministers in his cabinet at the private hospital. The Goa unit of BJP too held a meeting of its state-level core committee and later met Parrikar.
  • The central team that will reportedly visit Goa on Monday will include Ram Lal and BL Santosh. They will work towards identifying a “stand-in” for Parrikar till there is greater clarity on his health, sources said.

Attacks from the opposition

  • Manohar Parrikar’s health has subjected the BJP to attacks from the opposition Congress which won more seats but failed to stitch an alliance with enough numbers in the assembly.
  • The Congress has alleged that administration had “collapsed” due to Parrikar’s absence, and demanded that the BJP-led state government be dismissed and President’s rule be imposed.
  • The BJP’s defence has included explanations like Parrikar’s presence in the US was more useful for governing Goa because of a 12-hour time difference.

Three-month-long treatment

  • After returning in June, Parrikar flew to the US again on August for what was described as a follow-up, and returned to Panaji on August 22.
  • But he had to be rushed to Mumbai the next day and was admitted to a private hospital. From there, he flew to the US for treatment for a third time on August 30.
  • During his three-month-long treatment in the US, Parrikar had formed a Cabinet Advisory Committee of ministers Sudin Dhavalikar, Francis D’Souza and Vijai Sardesai to look after governance.
  • No such committee was formed during his second and third visit to the US, but instead he delegated powers to the Chief Secretary to handle important issues.
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