- 1. On the demand of activists, NGOs and opposition that there should a leadership change, the BJP state president quipped “I feel like becoming Prime Minister, but what difference does it make.”
- 2. Decision on handing the charge of CMs functions to anyone has to be taken by party’s Central leadership, says Vinay Tendulkar
- 3. Two other ailing BJP MLAs to also attend next assembly session, says Goa BJP chief
Panjim Nov 21st (IECurrentAffairs) The BJP can’t seem to make up its mind on the extent of Manohar Parrikar’s state of health. Less than 24 hours after its South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was battling for his life, ( against cancer), the BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar said that he would be attending the next Assembly session in the state.
This shocker comes in when the Chief Minster has not been seen in public since August 2018, when he was seen carrying the urn containing the ashes of Late Prime Minister Vajpayee at the Dabolim airport. Barring a hastily arranged photograph of a very frail and weak CM “chairing a meeting” of the Investment Promotion Board at his private residence, released, there CM has not been seen by the people of Goa. While his state of health continues to be a subject of discussion and intense worry, the BJP in Goa has been releasing unsolicitaed and often contradictory “health updates” on the CM.
Goa BJP Chief Vinay Tendulkar on Wednesday claimed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and two other ailing MLAs of BJP, Pandurang Madkaikar and Francis D Souza would attend next Session of Goa Legislative Assembly.
Madkaikar has been a virtual comatose state, after he suffered a paralytic stroke, according to unconfirmed reports after consuming some energy boosting pills) while Francis D Souza has just returned from the USA, after taking treatment for cancer in the same New York speciality hospital where Manohar Parrikar underwent treatment
During a press conference in Panjim, Tendulkar also parried the question on his view about leadership change in Goa, a point that has been raised by allies like NGOs and activists, stating that “I feel like becoming Prime Minister, but what difference does it make.”
The BJP Goa Chief said that the decision on handing the charge of Chief Minister ( demanded by MGP) to anyone other than Parrikar has to be taken by party’s Central leadership.
“We (local BJP unit) are in touch with the central leadership and they will take a decision at the right time,” Tendulkar said reacting to a question on leadership change or ha ding over charge. When asked about his personal opinion on the issue, the BJP leader shot back “I might feel anything but who am I to decide?”
“I feel like becoming the Prime Minister. Who does not like to be the PM. Also, you might want to be PM. But what difference does it make,” he told reporters.
Tendulkar also rubbished the claims, made by BJP’s alliance partner MGP, that CM and two other BJP MLAs Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar are terminally ill. “They are not terminally ill. They will attend next Session of the Assembly,” he said.
MGP, in its petition filed before the High Court to disqualify two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte for resigning as MLA and joining BJP, has claimed that Parrikar, D’Souza and Madkaikar are terminally ill.
Reacting to Congress party’s demand of CM’s resignation, Tendulkar recalled when Congress was in power in the Centre, Sharad Pawar was the Agriculture minister. “That time also Pawar was suffering from Cancer and getting treated abroad. But we never complained about it and never asked for his resignation,” he said.
Tendulkar said that Congress party is hungry for fame and publicity due to which they are raising these kind of demands. “The State government is working smoothly and all ministers are working. The speed of the work might be slow. All the ministers are doing their work,” he said.
This is in sharp contrast to the MGP, the IT Minister Rohan Khaunte and the Calangute MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo going public on the collapse of the administration and the fact that important files were not being cleared.
The frequency of contradictory signals is clearly jamming the communication network of the party and clearly increasing the frustration and anger of the people towards the BJP.