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Goa:

The demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday due to pancreatic cancer has resulted in a political deadlock in the state. While confusions prevail over the state of government with Congress repeatedly staking claim to form a new government, the BJP has clarified that they would be announcing the new CM in a short while.

Reports appeared in the media claim that Goa assembly speaker Pramod Sawant is most likely to be BJP’s choice as the new CM after tough negotiations with the allies that prolonged hours together. Confusion prevails after names of Sudhin Dhawalikar and Vijay Sardesai, who heads the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party (GFP), came up for the post of CM.

BJP is leading a coalition government in Goa with support from Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three independent lawmakers in the state. This is despite the fact that opposition Congress is the single largest party in the 40-member Goa assembly.

There are speculations that the BJP is trying to reach out to some of the Congress MLAs.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Ram Madhav accused the Congress of political opportunism after the demise of Parrikar.

“It is so sad that Congress party is finding this as an opportune moment to play politics in Goa. We all can wait for the politics but right now, here is a person whom not only his friends, followers and colleagues but also the adversaries always respected and liked as an individual,” Madhav said while reacting on the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The Congress had earlier accused that the BJP-led coalition has lost the majority in the assembly after the demise of senior BJP legislator Francis D’souza last month. This had reduced the BJP’s strength to 13 in the 40-member Goa assembly.

 

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