Amid Parrikar’s health concerns, Goa BJP holds meeting to discuss succession plan

Panaji: Admitting that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parker’s health has deteriorated, BJP core committee leader Dayanand Mandrekar on Sunday said the party may appoint a new leader soon to succeed Parrikar.

“Had Manohar Parrikar been fit, there would not have been a need to change the leader but his health is very critical now, deteriorating day after day. Party should take some decision. From centre to Goa, some decision should be taken. I think it will be done,” he told ANI.

Mandrekar also confirmed that BJPMLAs and ministers have been called to the headquarters to discuss a succession plan, and the party’s general secretary of the state has directed all BJPMLAs to remain in Panaji.

Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since February last year.

Congress is currently the single-largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. BJP has 13 legislators, including Parrikar, and its government is supported by three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtra Gomantak Party, and three Independents. Two Congress MLAs have resigned after defecting to BJP.

Congress has time and again staked claim to form the government in the state citing Parrikar’s ill health.