Centre to decide Goa CM of 'party with differences'

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 07 November 2014 22:09 IST

While different groups are lobbying for three top leaders in a typical Congress style for the post of the new chief minister of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa, it appears that Manohar Parrikar’s successor would finally be imposed from Delhi.

Rather than meeting the BJP legislators to assess their mood, reports indicate that four observers are flying down to Goa basically to pacify them and convince them about ‘already finalized candidate’.

Parrikar’s shifting to Delhi as India’s defence minister has thus resulted into nothing but establishing once again that the supposedly ‘most disciplined saffron brigade,’ is not a ‘party with a difference’ but a ‘party with differences,’ a la Congress.

While B Yedurappa is expected to reach Goa tomorrow morning, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and P Rupala arrived today evening. Goa in-charge of the BJP V Satish had already reached today afternoon.

“We will finalise the name by midnight but it would be approved by the Parliamentary Board by tomorrow afternoon”, outgoing chief minister Parrikar told the media today evening, after conducting his last cabinet meeting.

The legislature party of the local BJP would meet once again tomorrow morning, which is expected to shortlist all the three contenders if efforts of the central observers do not bear fruits to pacify the different groups.

A group of MLAs from Christian-dominated constituencies has come out openly in support of deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza, who himself has threatened to quit the government if not sworn in as the CM.

A group of local leaders, reportedly supported by Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar and organizing secretary Satish Dhond, has however been forcefully pushing for health minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, the third contender, however appears to be calm with no group seen lobbying for him. Sources however indicate that the top brass leadership of the RSS as well as the BJP have expressed soft corner for this soft-spoken one-time RSS pracharak.

Interestingly, Vishnu Wagh, who speaks on behalf of the supporters of deputy chief minister D’Souza, has said they have no objection to Arlekar being made the chief minister, but not Parsekar.

Water resources minister Dayanand Mandrekar, yet another senior minister, has also openly supported D’Souza, thereby suggesting indirectly that he does not endorse Parsekar being made the CM.

While Parrikar has met all the three contenders separately as well as jointly along with Mandrekar, the central observers have been meeting all the local leaders, both from the party organisation as well as the legislative wing.

The outcome of the legislature party meeting tomorrow would establish whether the leaders succeeded in convincing its ‘disciplined cadres’ or not. If not, then it would send the shortlisted names to the Parliamentary Board, leaving final decision to them.

The Parliamentary Board is also expected to take a formal decision to induct Parrikar into the union cabinet, only after which he would submit his resignation to Governor Mridula Sinha.

Within two hours after this legal formality, the new chief minister would be sworn in along with the new cabinet while Parrikar would be let free to leave for Delhi for his swearing in on Sunday afternoon.  

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Francis should resign if he has some Self-Respect. DCM becomes CM in the absence of CM. So DCM should be CM. This is the System. Francis even went against the 10 Commandants by saying that he is a Hindu Christian, just to please RSS, but did not succeed in convincing RSS, that he is a true follower of BJP ideology. Francis should resign if he has some Self-Respect.

- Mathew Dias, Goa | 08 th November 2014 18:53


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