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PTI Panaji
Updated: 30-10-2018 23:05 IST

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

said Tuesday.

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

and decide.

"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

its partners.

"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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