Goa minister Vijai Sardesai on Saturday met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and said his health had “deteriorated”, but he was “stable”.
Sardesai, along with five Goa MLAs , met Parrikar at his private residence.
The MLAs, all allies in the BJP-led government, are Goa Forward Party’s Jayesh Salgaonkar and Vinod Palyekar and Independents Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gawade and Prasad Gaonkar.
The health of Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, had deteriorated earlier in the day sparking hectic political activities across parties in the coastal state.
“When cancer was detected and the CM showed a willingness to step down, at that time we had asked for a permanent solution and stability. Today, his health has deteriorated, but we are with him. He is stable. I don’t know what exactly is his stage (of ailment),” he said.
“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 said.
They also ruled out the possibility of any new political formations in the state in the wake of Parrikar’s health condition.
“Where is the question of a new formation? We have a chief minister and there is no question of forming anything new,” Sardesai asserted.
“We (group of six MLAs and BJP) are together. Whether time has come for a new leader for the BJP legislature party is for them (BJP) to decide. We have been with Parrikar unequivocally, we are with him now as a CM,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the Congress wrote to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form a government in the state.
Published Date: Mar 17th, 2019 10:53 AM | Updated Date: March 17, 2019 10:53 AM IST