Amidst the fast-paced developments in the state owing to the “deteriorating” health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, six MLAs who are part of the BJP-led coalition government have rallied together, keeping their cards close to chests.
The six legislators – Goa Forward Party chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, WRD Minister Vinod Palyekar, Housing Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar, Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, Tribal Welfare Minister Govind Gaude and Independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar – rushed to Parrikar’s private residence at Taleigao on Saturday evening after reports trickled in on the “deteriorating” health condition of Parrikar.
Speaking to media persons outside the Chief Minister’s residence, Sardesai said the six legislators had jointly extended their support to Parrikar as Chief Minister when the government was being formed, and have continued their
support to the Parrikar government till now.
Reassuring their continuous backing to Parrikar, Sardesai ruled out any “formation”.
“Where is the question of any new ‘formation’ when we have the CM,” he said, adding that it is for the BJP to decide on their new leader of the legislature wing if it wants it.
The GFP chief, who is leading the MLAs’ group, said that they all are together, reaffirming that they are with Parrikar as the Chief Minister.
“We went to meet him to see how he has been doing… We went to show our solidarity. The CMO has said that he is stable, and we take that he is stable. We have to respect his privacy,” he said.
Sardesai revealed that when Parrikar had been diagnosed with cancer he was willing to step down as the Chief Minister.
“At that time we all six MLAs had asked for a permanent solution and stability to the government,” Sardesai said, adding that today his “health has deteriorated but he is stable”.
“We are with him,” the TCP Minister re-emphasised.