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Will rethink alliance with BJP, says ally GFP amid alarm over Parrikar’s ailing health

With the political situation rising out of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health, BJP ally Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai has said his party will rethink its support in case of an eventuality.

“Parrikar’s health is a cause of political concern. BJP is also discussing possibilities, so we a group of MLas from our party and independents met. We had supported Manohar Parrikar, and not party. So in case of any eventuality we will rethink. Everything will be on the table to discuss and there will be a rethink. Let them come with a proposal,” Vijai Sardesai said.

MLAs and core committee members of the Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday met to discuss the political situation rising out of the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Parrikar has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment. His health had deteriorated earlier in the day sparking hectic political activities across parties in the coastal state.

A senior BJP office-bearer who attended the meeting in Panaji, chaired by state unit chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, said the political situation was discussed but not the issue of leadership change.

Vijai Sardesai had earlier told reporters “the CM’s health has deteriorated, but he is stable”.

“He is not on life support. I don’t know what medical term we can use for it. The chief minister’s office has said he is stable, so we will take it that he is stable,” Sardesai had said after he met Parrikar.

Updated: March 17, 2019 — 12:25 am
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