Right at the outset of 2017 state elections, BJP’s allies and opposition stepped up attack on Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s leadership. While key ally of BJP, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), has demanded the sacking of Parsekar, newly-formed Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) said that Parsekar was ineffective and is overshadowed by his predecessors in making administrative decisions. Speaking to The Indian Express, CM Parsekar called it a ‘bluff’.
On Thursday, MGP President and cabinet Minister Deepak Dhavalikar said state BJP unit must remove Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar from his position for pre-poll alliance talks. Deepak Dhavalikar who holds cabinet rank in the present BJP led alliance government said “Prior to assembly election, the State BJP leadership must name the next Chief Minister. In 2012, we agreed to Manohar Parrikar’s leadership as the Chief Minister not Parsekar. But after Parrikar took over as Defence Minister, Parsekar was named as CM – we were not taken into confidence,” he said.
Another MGP leader and MLA Lavu Mamledar said several files moved for administrative decision are pending at the Chief Minister’s office due to inaction by Laxmikant Parsekar. “In a matter of two-years of his rule, Parsekar has managed to reverse the state’s administration to 10-years,” he said.
In a separate statement, Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) President Anand Shirodkar said that CM Parsekar remained ‘puppet’ in the hands of his predecessor Manohar Parrikar – who is calling the shots in the state’s governance. “Even the recent decision for the state to go cashless (following demonetisation) was made by Parrikar. Is it Parrikar the Chief Minister of the state, does it come under the purview of the Defence Minister to make such announcements,”Anand said, while adding that there was a clear difference of opinion between BJP workers and Parrikar.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Chief Minister Laxmikant pointed out that MGP has chosen a wrong forum to express their grievance. “I am not a self-appointed CM, the party chose me to execute the task. MGP should have addressed their grievance with BJP President or other leaders to get it resolved, instead of speaking to the media. Putting out this internal matter into public discussion, they have brought political discourse to a new low. It was unnecessary,” he said.