The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), which have provided crucial support to the BJP-led government in Goa, have ruled out any possibility of them leaving the coalition government till Manohar Parrikar remains the Chief Minister.
The BJP currently has only 14 MLAs in the 40-member Goa Assembly. It enjoys the support of three MLAs of the three MLAs each of the MGP and the GFP. This coalition is further supported by three independent MLAs. The coalition partners are very important for the BJP to maintain the majority mark of 21 seats to be in power.
“The Maharashtrawadi Gomatak Party has pledged its support to the BJP-led alliance and we will not withdraw it till Parrikar is the chief minister,” party chief Deepak Dhavalikar told PTI.
CM Parrikar is currently being treated in Mumbai for pancreatic ailment since February 15.
Dhavlikar further added that he hopes the Parrikar comes back soon and takes over charge. “Till he (Parrikar) is the chief minister, we are there with the government,” he said.
GFP leader Vijai Sardesai confirmed that his party will continue to support the coalition government till Parrikar. “Parrikar is fighting a medical condition. He has always been a winner. He will come back soon to Goa,” Sardesai said.
The BJP MLAs wished Parrikar a speedy recovery during the budget session of Goa. “We are hopeful that he (Parrikar) will be here (in the House and back to Goa). Everybody in Goa including the Opposition is praying for his good health. This is because of his good work for the people of Goa,” said BJP”s Chief Whip Glenn Ticlo.
Information credit: PTI