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New Delhi : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is understood to have dropped the request he made last week to BJP President Amit Shah to relieve him as the CM in view of his deteriorating health, informing him that he will continue to take care of the administration while remaining confined to the hospital bed here.

The BJP leadership that went through all permutations and combinations has halted the exercise for any change.

The party sources said the leadership has conceded to Parrikar’s pointer that any decision as to appointing someone as the deputy chief minister or ruling through a 3-member coordination committee or replacing him with a union minister or state BJP president will only destabilise the government, giving a handle to the Congress to capture power by alluring the ruling coalition partners.

The leadership has also realised that Parrikar works as a sort of glue to keep the coalition flock together and any tweaking may prove counter-productive.

The party sources said Parrikar is being regularly briefed by the ministers and officials on developments in Goa and he has been issuing the orders in the important matters and as such the administration will not suffer because of his illness. Since the fortnight-long inauspicious period of “Pitra Paksha” begins on Monday, Parrikar may shed some of his portfolios to other ministers only after that period is over on October 10, so as to reduce the work pressure on him, the sources added.

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