Panaji: Amidst rumours surrounding health of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, a group of six MLAs, who are alliance partners in the government, met him at his private residence.
A group of MLAs included Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai, Jayesh Salgaonkar, Vinod Palyekar and Independents – Rohan Khaunte, Govind Gawade and Prasad Gaonkar.
Emerging from the private residence of Parrikar at Dona Paula, Sardesai told reporters that “CM’s health has deteriorated but he is stable.”
They also ruled out possibility of any new political formations in the State in the wake of Parrikar’s health conditions.
“Where is the question of new formation. We have a chief minister and there is no question of forming anything new,” Sardesai reacted.
He said that in the event if BJP want to do anything, they know whom to contact, how to contact.
“We (group of six MLAs and BJP) are together. Whether time has come for new leader of legislature party of BJP is for them (BJP) to decide,” he commented.
“We have been with Parrikar unequivocally, we are with him now as a CM,” he added.
Sardesai said that the group of MLAs had met to inquire about Parrikar’s health condition.
“We went to meet him to see how he is. All six of us has given unequivocal support to the CM,” he said. “When (pancreatic) cancer was detected and CM showed willingness to step down that time we had asked for permanent solution and stability. Today when his health deteriorated but still we are with him. He is stable. I don’t know medical science what exactly is his stage,” the GFP leader said.
“We went to show the solidarity. He is not on life support. I don’t know what medical term can we use for it. We have to respect his privacy. We are with him. From chief minister’s office, they have said he is stable, we will take that he is stable,” he said.
The meeting of the group with Parrikar is significant considering the political development which saw Congress staking claim to form the government.