The BJP core committee will hold a meeting on Monday in Goa following the return of Manohar Parrikar after his treatment. The committee will discuss the political situation in Goa and the consequent steps which need to be taken. The members in the core team include CM Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister Shripad Naik, Lok Sabha MP Narendra Sawaikar and BJP party chief Vinay Tendulkar.
"The state core committee will meet today and discuss the current political situation in Goa," a member of the committee said.
Parrikar has been facing issues regarding his health since mid-February 2018. He has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic ailments at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Parrikar has also consulted doctors in Mumbai and the US. Currently, a team from the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has arranged a make-shift medical facility at Parrikar's private residence at Dona Paula, Panjim.
"Parrikar is at home and is being taken care by a team of doctors from the GCMH. He is following the line of treatment prescribed by the doctors at AIIMS. We welcome him back. Goa was missing its leader," said a senior official in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).
Ruling out any plans to change the leadership, Parrikar had previously called committee members meet on October 12 at AIIMS. The meeting was aimed at discussing the current situation in Goa and also to plan measures to ensure a smooth functioning of the state government during his absence from the office due to health issues.
The Goa Forward Party (GFP) President, Vijai Sardesai, said that the responsibility lies with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to make sure that the current Goa government completes its full-term, "with or without Parrikar". GFP is an ally of the Parrikar-led coalition government. Sardesai is also the Town and Country Planning Minister in the current Goan cabinet.
"Amit Shah spoke to me and I have said no to mid-term poll. With or without Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister, this government should continue," he told.
Sardesai also said that the party high-command had assured with of the successful fruition of the complete five-year term in Goa while forming a coalition.
"In the wake of our commitment to this government, the onus is on the BJP high command to fulfil their commitment and see that the government completes its tenure," he added.
(With PTI Inputs)