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‘Did I make a mistake in backing Manohar Parrikar?’

‘Did I make a mistake in backing Manohar Parrikar?’

09 Oct 2019 No comment 62 hits

MARGAO/ PANAJI: Still smarting from his unceremonious ouster from chief minister Pramod Sawant’s government three months ago, Fatorda MLA and Goa Forward Party president Vijai Sardesai (left) created ripples in political circles when he questioned himself over the support that his party extended to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar to form the government in 2017.
“Did we commit a mistake by extending support to Manohar Parrikar? The answer to this question may be lying in Delhi, if not in Goa. I am waiting for the answer,” he said.
Sardesai also said he was seeking answers to whether his party had made the right move by supporting a new person after Parrikar’s death and the reasons for his “betrayal” would determine the contours of the political course that he would take in the New Year.
Sawant refused to comment on Sardesai’s statements and said: “We shouldn’t pay attention to such statements. Some people cannot stand that we are performing well, which is why they always make these statements.”
Following his ouster from the government, Sardesai had said that he had extended support to Parrikar following talks with BJP’s central leadership.
“When Manohar Parrikar died, should we have withdrawn our support to the government. Did we err by extending support to some new person? Because I have been attacked on social media for having extended support to this government,” Sardesai said, while addressing a gathering at the Navratri celebrations at Fatorda.
Stressing that he would have to “face the answers,” whenever they come, Sardesai said that “the roots of my betrayal lie in the answers to these questions”.
But Sawant said he was confident that his government was stable and would complete its tenure. “The public in Goa is starting to like the work done by us. My ministers and I have been performing well,” he said.
Transport minister Mauvin Godinho said the performance of Sawant-led government was disturbing for some people.
“I don’t know who they are, but it is giving them sleepless nights. So, certain comments are bound to come. This is nothing new. It’s all political,” Godinho said.
Sardesai, who had said his party would chart a new course in the New Year, said he expects the answers to his questions sooner than later—at least before the New Year when BJP is done with the Maharashtra assembly elections.
“We will clearly get to know our new path and we will take forward this new path with your support and with the blessings of the deity. We will take Goem, Goenkar, Goenkarponn forward,” he said.
Sardesai, with two other GFP MLAs, had extended support to the BJP-led government post-2017 polls on the condition that Parrikar would be made the chief minister. While Sardesai had all along stressed that his support was solely for Parrikar-led government, GFP extended support to Sawant-led government following Parrikar’s death with Sardesai as the deputy chief minister.
Sardesai was dropped from the Sawant cabinet after 10 Congress MLAs defected to BJP in July.
The term of the current government is scheduled to last till 2022.

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