Panaji: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Goa will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue of state leadership in view of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar‘s ongoing medical treatment. The state Congress has also demanded that the Goa government declare the exact cause of Parrikar’s ailment by tomorrow.
Parrikar, 62, left for the US early today for his further medical treatment for a pancreatic ailment. This is his third visit to the US since February. During the meeting to be held tomorrow, the CLP will discuss whether it should seek state Governor Mridula Sinha’s intervention on the leadership issue, a party leader said today.
CLP chief Chandrakant Kavlekar, who is also the Leader of Opposition, said, “During tomorrow’s meeting, we will discuss whether to approach Governor Mridula Sinha to seek her intervention to appoint a full-time chief minister for the state.”
He said there was a “self-imposed emergency” in Goa with nobody was available to look after the affairs of the state.
“Due to this, the administration has collapsed and the common man has to suffer,” the Congress leader alleged.
The absence of CM was a “serious issue” and it was the opposition’s duty to ensure that the administration was not affected. Kavlekar said his party sympathised with Parrikar over his health and prayed for his speedy recovery.
“But it is also a fact that the state is suffering due to his medical condition,” Kavlekar said.
Congress Goa spokesman Vijay Bhike said, “We have given the state government and the BJP 24 hours to come out with details about Parrikar’s the ailment.
“We want to know why he is flown to the USA and what is his health condition,” he told reporters.
Bhike demanded that the BJP-led government appoint a healthy person in place of Parrikar.
“The Congress has no objection to anyone being taken for treatment as it is unforeseen circumstances. However, we are surprised that people are not told a single word about Parrikar’s health condition,” he said.
Bhike said Parrikar had formed a Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) when he had gone to the US for treatment early this year.
“However, this time, he has not appointed any committee. He would run affairs of Goa from the US,” he said.
The CM has been holding several portfolios including those of two ministers Pandurang Madkaikar and Francis D’Souza (both BJP) who are currently admitted in hospitals in Mumbai and the US, respectively.