Union Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Naik feels that a change is required in the state government leadership as present Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been ailing with serious illness.
Naik on Friday said “Change will have to be done today or tomorrow. It is a requirement. You know the Chief Minister’s health is not good. But he is still working in this condition.”
Naik is one of the first Goa BJP leaders to demand a change of leadership in Goa.
Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months.
He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence for any official event since.
The opposition has been demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to Parrikar’s absence.
To a question, as to whether it was fair to let an unwell Parrikar to handle administrative matters despite his illness, Naik said: “There are many reasons, which cannot be fully talked about. Thing will happen in time.”
The BJP has 14 legislators in the 40-member Goa Assembly and has received the support of three MLAs each of MGP and GFP, apart from three Independent legislators. It’s critical for the saffron party to have the support of MGP and GFP to survive as it needs at least 21 MLAs to remain in power in the coastal state.