Goa: Ailing Parrikar meets BJP leaders, allies; likely to shed some portfolios

File photo of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 12, 2018, 05.21 PM (IST)

Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to give up some his portfolios after Dussehra, according to ministers who met him Friday in a hospital in New Delhi to discuss governance issues in his home state, reported news agency PTI.

Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment in New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), held meetings with party leaders as well as allies to discuss ways to ensure that his government functions normally, the report added.

Leaders of the ruling BJP and allies, who met Parrikar separately, ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.

Union Minister and BJP leader Shripad Naik told that the chief minister held review of the governance in Goa during the meeting.

"There was no discussion about leadership change. Parrikar is recovering and he will continue to be the chief minister," the Minister of State for AYUSH said.

Vijay Sardesai, leader of BJP ally Goa Foward Party (GFP) and state Agriculture Minister, said Parrikar "wants to delegate many of the portfolios that he has".

In the 40-member state assembly, the Parrikar-led government has the support of 23 MLAs.

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Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment in New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), held meetings with party leaders as well as allies to discuss ways to ensure that his government functions normally