File photo of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. Photograph:( PTI )
Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Friday ruled out the reports that hinted on the possible change of leadership in the state.
Referring to Thursday's meeting between his cabinet colleague and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai's with BJP president Amit Shah, Cabral said that the discussion between the two leaders was borne out of "personal interest".
He further nullified the reports stating a change of leadership in Goa and said that the party has a leader in Parrikar.
Cabrel said that it was wrong to suggest that Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi, was not active vis a vis his duties as a Chief Minister.
After the meeting on Thursday, Sardesai had said that they had discussed leadership alternatives to Parrikar, who has been ailing for more than eight months now.
Parrikar had earlier met Goa BJP's core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at the AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure that his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.
The 62-year-old leader is currently undergoing treatment at his private residence at Dona Paula in Goa, where a team of doctors from the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) have set up make-shift medical facility.