Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, on Saturday, said that “nobody has the guts to tell the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to step down. It is up to him to decide on whether he should resign or not. And, till then he will continue to be the Chief Minister.”
“But, the BJP president Amit Shah will be announcing an alternative arrangement, within the next two days, may be constitution of a three-member advisory committee to run the affairs of Goa,” Lobo added.
Speaking to the media on the prevailing political situation in the state, the Calangute MLA said that Parrikar is a tall leader of the BJP, who brought the party to power in the state.
“Neither the central leadership nor the Goa leadership can tell Parrikar to step down. It is left to him to decide on whether he should step down or not,” he said.
When questioned as to whether the BJP does not have a leader to take charge of the state administration, Lobo said that every BJP MLA is a leader but “when we have a tall leader, who is only taking treatment. There is no question of his stepping down.”
“The moment Parrikar feels that he cannot deal with the stress anymore, he will convey the message to the party’s national president Amit Shah that he cannot continue as the Chief Minister on the health grounds,” he added.
When questioned on the administration lapses in the state, the Calangute MLA said that “due to this the central observers had come down to Goa, and they spoke with the party MLAs and leaders of the other parties supporting the government and the message has been convened to the party president Amit Shah. Within the next two days, a decision will be taken as to whether a deputy chief minister should be appointed for controlling the state administration
in co-ordination with Parrikar, or a three member advisory committee should be constituted.”
When asked as to who could be the committee members, he said that Sudin Dhavalikar of MGP, Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward Party and from the BJP, it could be Vishwajit Rane.”