The CM has retained all the power in his hand despite appointing a CAC and it must be noted the allies may not think of destabilizing the government because the appeal of staying in power is very strong. SHWETA KAMAT analyses the situation on the ground
The political situation in Goa has turned fluid with the illness of the CM Manohar Parrikar. He was the man responsible for the formation of the mandate defying coalition comprising smaller regional parties and Independents in 2017.
The medical condition of former Defence Minister, who is been ailing since February 15 and currently undergoing treatment in USA, remains a matter of concern and a mystery. The CM, who will be monitoring the state administration via video conferences and emails, will be physically out of governance for at least six weeks.
In his absence, a Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) is constituted to guide the State administration; however with limited powers. This looks like an attempt to keep the alliance intact, as the CAC consist of Minister’s from BJP (Francis D’Souza), MGP (Sudin Dhavalikar) and Goa Forward Party (Vijay Sardesai).
A smart move by a man known for his political skills, he was aware of the political uproar it would cause. The CM preferred to retain power in his hand, without appointing an officiating Chief Minister. Though MGP Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar holds the second rank in the Cabinet- his appointment as care-taker Chief Minister- would not have augured well with the alliance partner Vijay Sardesai- TCP Minister- as both have ideological differences.
It is an open secret that Dhavalikar and Sardesai are not in good terms and Goa Forward Party (GFP) leader will weight in his options within the coalition even if that includes backing another BJP leader, who wasn’t antithetical to Goa Forward’s interests.
The GF isn’t out destabilize the government, because the opposition, Congress itself is not united and there are wide cracks within, which are very much visible. “Why do we need to speculate anything at this point? Chief Minister is very much stable and is in position to control Government. He is in US for few weeks and will be back thereafter. We are wishing and praying for his speedy recovery,” Sardesai said.
“Our loyalty with Parrikar remains. We are not going to backstab him in this condition. Parikar is a fighter and we all know that he will come back and hold the charge,” he commented.
It is learnt that Sardesai is now blending well with BJP senior Minister Francis D’Souza- the second rank in BJP after Parrikar. D’Souza is the other option that Parrikar can look for, if there is objection to Dhavalikar. Sources reveal that Sardesai will have no problem working under D’Souza, if required, but at this point of time this is purely hypothetical.