Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has called for a meeting with the alliance partners of his government at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Friday. Goa CM is currently undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment. This is the first official meeting called by Mr Parrikar since he was admitted to AIIMS on September 15.
"The alliance partners have been called for a meeting by the CM in Delhi on October 12 at AIIMS where he is admitted," a senior official in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
During the meeting, Parrikar would discuss "matters related to the state's governance," he added.
Following leaders who are supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance in Goa, have been invited for the meeting, the official said informed:
Confirming the same Independent MLA Govind Gawade said,"I have been invited for the meeting with the chief minister in Delhi on October 12". However, he was not informed about the meeting's agenda. As per sources, CM Parrikar is likely to distribute additional portfolios to his Cabinet ministers during this week.
"A discussion is likely in the meeting about portfolios to be distributed to the allies," a source said.
Earlier in September, BJP President Amit Shah dismissed the suggestion given by Manohar Parrikar to replace him as the Goa Chief Minister and made it clear that the former Defence minister will continue on as the CM while adding that there will reshuffle in the state cabinet.
Parrikar, who has undergone medical treatment on multiple occasions owing to his health conditions, had urged Amit Shah earlier this month to find a suitable replacement for him. But on Sunday, the BJP President confirmed that no changes will be made, as far as the CM's post is concerned.
(With PTI inputs)