Sudin, Vijai leave for Delhi; Three BJP ministers and core committee members also to attend
PANJIM: All eyes are on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s meeting with the alliance partners, two BJP ministers and his party’s core committee at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi on Friday.
Sources said the CM will meet the heads of alliance partners Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP), besides Independent MLAs Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude and Prasad Gaonkar.
Besides the alliance partners, three BJP ministers – Vishwajit Rane, Mauvin Godinho and Nilesh Cabral – have also been called to Delhi, sources revealed.
BJP core committee members Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, MPs Vinay Tendulkar and Narendra Sawaikar will also attend the meeting with the CM, BJP general secretary Sadanand Shet Tanawade confirmed to Herald.
He, however had no clue whether the meeting will be a joint one, or the if the Chief Minister will meet each one individually. “I do not know about that,” Tanwade said. He added that Parrikar would discuss matters related to the State’s governance during the meeting.
PWD Minister Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar has already left for Delhi to meet the CM. “I do not know how many ministers have been called but I have got a message and I will go,” Dhavalikar said.
On the other hand, Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai, who on Wednesday had said he is still undecided, will also attend the meeting. Party sources confirmed that he had reached Delhi on Thursday evening.
Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte also confirmed his attendance for the meeting. “I have been invited for the meeting with the chief minister in Delhi. I don't know who else is invited,” Khaunte said, adding that he has not been informed about the agenda for the meeting.
“A discussion is likely during the meeting about portfolios to be distributed to the allies,” a source said.
BJP president Amit Shah had last month said Parrikar would continue as Chief Minister and that there would be reshuffle of the cabinet. Later, two ailing ministers Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar had been dropped from the Cabinet and were replaced with Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral.