Though the Manohar Parrikar
government in Goa is stable, coalition partners of the BJP
should not be taken for granted in case any decision about
leadership change is taken, a key ally of the saffron outfit
The Goa Forward Party (GFP), however, asserted there
is no issue of leadership change with Parrikar at the helm of
affairs in the state.
GFP president Vijai Sardesai reiterated that the state
government is stable under the leadership of Parrikar and
maintained all coalition partners should behave responsibly.
Sardesai told reporters here that in case any decision
about leadership change is taken, everyone will have to sit
"By and large we are together under leadership of
Manohar Parrikar. He is there and we are listening to him.
But any other decision is taken (about leadership change),
then we will have to sit and discuss. Nobody can be taken for
granted," he said.
The BJP-led government has the GFP, the
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents as
"We should understand that Goans have expectations
from us. We should also not forget, under what circumstances,
we had formed the government.
"So, onus is on us to maintain stability, otherwise
people will judge us for not being united," Sardesai, who is
also Goa's Agriculture Minister, said.
The minister ruled out mid-term polls in the state
claiming "no one can afford the elections".
"None of the MLAs want mid-term polls. Congress MLAs
also dont want polls. If they feel that there is election
then the second batch of the Congress leaders leaving the
party would be bigger than the first," he said.
He was apparently referring to two Congress MLAs
Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte recently resigning from
the party and the assembly membership and joining the BJP.
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