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Congress stakes claim to form government in Goa?

Congress stakes claim to form government in Goa?

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Sep 2018, 11:07 am

Panaji, Sept 17 (IBNS): With Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar undergoing treatment in hospital, the Congress staked claim to form the government in the Goa, media reports said.

The BJP, however, has maintained that there is no need to change the leadership in the state, reports said.

The Congress, which has 16 members in the 40-member state Assembly, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Mridula Sinha, urging her not to dissolve the Assembly and instead invite the Congress to form the government, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday, media reports said.

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for pancreatic ailment at the AIIMS.

Parrikar, who returned from the US after a medical check-up last week, was admitted to a hospital in Goa on Thursday evening.

The Chief Minister has been suffering from illness for quite sometime now.

As Parrikar is unable to carry out administrative works regularly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is leading the state government, is now looking for alternatives for the Goa Chief Minister's post.

Parrikar, a former Defence Minister, assumed his portfolio in 2017 after the BJP managed to garner support from other smaller parties to form a coalition government in the coastal state.

The smaller parties had said they would lend support to the saffron outfit if Parrikar was made the Chief Minister.

Image: CMO Goa Twitter page