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New Delhi: The alliance partners in BJP-led Goa government who met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at AIIMS in Delhi on Friday said that the distribution of additional portfolios for the cabinet ministers in Goa government will happen after Dussehra festival.

Parrikar held meeting with the alliance partners including Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party leader Sudin Dhavalikar and Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade at All India Institute of Medical Sciences at New Delhi on Friday afternoon.

BJP ministers – Vishwajit Rane and Nilesh Cabral – were also present for the meeting at the hospital.

Before meeting alliance partners and his own party ministers, Parrikar had met BJP Goa Core Committee at the hospital, where he is admitted for pancreatic ailment.

Emerging from the meeting, Sardesai said that Parrikar wanted to ensure that the State government is stable.

“CM wanted to ensure that Goa has a stable government and we told him that alliance will play its role in the future,” Sardesai said in Delhi.

Sardesai-led GFP’s all the three legislators are supporting BJP government in Goa.

The minister said “basically it is very clear that the chief minister wants to delegate many of the portfolios that he has and that is why he had discussion with us.”

“We are likely to see this development (of distributing portfolios) after dussehra,” he said.

“For Diwali certainly CM is going to come home after taking discharge from AIIMS,” he added.

MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar said that CM discussed about development of the state during the meeting at the hospital.

“The discussion was about development of the State and preparations to face upcoming Lok Sabha election,” Dhavalikar said.

Earlier during the day, Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik who met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at AIIMS in Delhi on Friday said that the latter is expected to return to the State during Diwali.

Naik was a part of BJP Goa Core Committee which met Parrikar at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. BJP Goa Unit President and Rajya Sabha member of Parliament Vinay Tendulkar was also present for the meeting.

“We took review of the governance in Goa during the meeting. Chief Minister is expected to return to Goa from AIIMS during Diwali,” he said.

Naik said that the issue about allocation of additional portfolios to the cabinet ministers was also discussed during the meeting.

“There was no discussion about leadership change. Parrikar will continue to be the chief minister and he is recovering,” the minister said.

Tendulkar said that the Parrikar discussed about the party organizational works in the State. “We also inquired about health of the chief minister,” he said.

Tendulkar said that the CM will hold meeting with alliance partners to discuss about the portfolio allocation.

The alliance partners including Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and three Independents supporting the government will be meeting CM later during the day.

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