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BJP begins search for Manohar Parrikar’s succesor; hold talks with allies

Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi | Amid the deteriorating health condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP President Amit Shah has begun the search for his successor by holding talks with its allies in Goa.

According to sources, Amit Shah held one-on-one talks with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Ramkrishna Dhavilkar and Goa forwards party’s Vijay Sardesai along with Goa’s health minister Vishwajeet Rane and Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant. During the course of decision, names of Union Minister Sripad Naik and Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar arise along with the name Rane and Sawant. “The BJP is looking for a soft transition of power in Goa and assured the coalition partners that they dont need to worry about their positions in the new cabinet.

Speaking to media after the meeting, Vijay Sardesai said,”The BJP is seriously looking at the leadership issue and to provide a stable government for the state of Goa.” However, Gomantak party’s Ramkrishna Dhavilkar asked the BJP president that if similar situation arise in the future the BJP should give the Chief Ministerial position to the allies.”

Manohar Parrikar who has been ailing since mid-February was discharged from the AIIMS in Delhi and was shifted to his residence in Goa.

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