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Manohar Parrikar dead: Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah to pick new CM; Congress stakes claim to form govt

Manohar Parrikar Death Union minister Nitin Gadkari arrived in Goa in the early hours of Monday by a midnight flight to decide on the leadership issue in the state following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Written by Smita Nair | New Delhi, Panaji |
Updated: March 19, 2019 6:36:04 am
Manohar Parrikar dead: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passes away at 63. (File)

Manohar Parrikar dead: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away Sunday after a prolonged illness. Parrikar was suffering from a pancreatic ailment and had undergone treatment in the US as well as at AIIMS Delhi and a private hospital in Mumbai.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari arrived in Goa in the early hours of Monday by a midnight flight to decide on the leadership issue in the state following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

While not everyone disclosed the details of the meeting inside, Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo told the waiting press that Maharashtra Gomantak Party leader Sudin Dhavlikar had expressed his wish to become the next chief minister of Goa.

The Centre announced national mourning following the demise of Parrikar. The national flag will fly at half-mast in New Delhi and in capitals of states and Union Territories. A state funeral will be accorded to Parrikar.

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08:17 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Decision will happen today morning: Vinay Tendulkar

“Decision will happen today morning. We will be giving a letter to the Governor. We do not have CM (Manohar Parrikar). We will have to visit his mortal remains. Then his body will be taken to party office and then a decision will be taken. There is no problem about chief ministership. Other problems will be resolved by 10 am. We will go to governor after body is brought to BJP office,” state BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said.

08:15 (IST)18 Mar 2019
First priority is to give a 'decent state funeral' to Parrikar: Goa MLA's

Most of the MLAs said the first priority of the party was to give a “decent state funeral” to Manohar Parrikar before they sat for the next round of talks. Shripad Naik, another CM hopeful also emerged saying, “nothing is finalised. Discussions are on.”

05:58 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Talks between BJP, allies continue to be in deadlock

AT 4:40 am — as the police spread their perimeter across Panjim to facilitate the final journey of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, a different scene kept emerging at hotel Cida De Goa where BJP leaders and allies continued to be in a deadlock, with no decision arrived at till early hours of the day. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari walked in at midnight — beginning talks with each ally and BJP MLA. All MLAs continued to stress they were not open to allow Governor to call for suspended animation of the assembly. The first round— there will be more— ended in the early hours of the day around 5 am, with every MLA emerging out after having expressed their options to Gadkari and party observer BL Santosh. Till 6 am, there was no clarity. At Miramar meanwhile, the beach bed was being cleared by the state government for the final rites pf Parrikar scheduled at 5 pm.

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05:21 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Sudin Dhavalikar proposes his name for the top post

Sudin Dhavalikar, MGP has put his demand, wants to become chief minister, says Michael Lobo, Goa Assembly Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA from Calangute. "He has put his demand. It’s being worked out. He said I have sacrificed many times by supporting the BJP so he wants to become the CM," Lobo said. Right now, till 4:430 pm the final rites of CM is important, after that the rest will happen, Lobo added.

04:16 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Vijai Sardesai, independent MLAs meet Nitin Gadkari

Vijai Sardesai leader of Goa forward, an ally of BJP and independents MLAs leave after meeting Nitin Gadkari at Cidade De Goa. It is not easy to fill Parrikar’s shoes. Stating that it was 'not easy to fill Parrikar’s shoes', Vijai Sardesai said, "we are in the process of finalising. Nothing is confirmed yet. The contours of this alliance government in future we have discussed that. We have given our options and asked them to revert. We have also discussed who should be delegated what and how to work for the alliance in future. They have agreed on certain things and they have said they will get back on certain things."

04:03 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Keeping their flock together

The lone Independent Prasad Gaonkar was brought to Cida De Goa meeting by Babush (Atanasio Monserrate). Gaonkar had shown his support to Congress, but Babush, an old friend of Vijai Sardesai, was seen escorting him to the meeting with Nitin Gadkari. With this BJP continues to have the support of all the independents. Babush is a former minister and a known kingmaker during elections.

03:28 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Goa in political turmoil

The Congress party in Goa has managed to convince NCP MLA Churchill Alemao and one independent to their side. The total tally for Congress now stands at 17, two shy of the majority mark. Countering Congress' claim, BJP says, these numbers don't count, they still can’t prove at floor test.

Earlier tonight, Congress formally staked its claim with Governor Mridula Sinha to form a government in Goa. In their letter, they added that the government was in power as coalition partners supported Parrikar, and not BJP.

03:00 (IST)18 Mar 2019
All eyes on Nitin Gadkari

Vijai Sardesai leader of Goa forward, an ally of BJP walks in with independents. He had earlier staged a “show of solidarity” along with independent MLAs to the house of Chief Minister Parrikar on Friday. Today, he is the second ally partner to walk in to meet Gadkari, who is currently along with Shripad Naik, Michael Lobo, Vishwajit Rane is holding a meeting with Goa BJP MLAs.

02:28 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Sudan Dhavlikar, coalition partner and BJP ally in the state is at Cidade de Goa to meet Nitin Gadkari.

01:59 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Goa turns into fortress

Police perimeters being put out at Kala Academy, BJP headquarters and the beach at Miramar and the route where Parrikar will make his final journey. All state government offices, public sector undertakings, all educational institutions will remain closed on March 18.

Program schedule of Manohar Parrikar’s final journey:

* From 9.30 am to 10.30 am, Parrikar's mortal remains will be kept at the BJP head office in Panjim

* At 10.30 am, Parrikar’s mortal remains will be taken to Kala Academy

* From 11 am to 4 pm, people will be allowed to pay final respects to the former Goa chief minister

* At 4 pm, the funeral procession will begin towards Miramar. Parrikar will finally be laid to rest at 5 pm

01:38 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Nitin Gadkari-BJP MLAs meeting underway

The long night begins as media has taken over the lobby of Cidade De Goa. Nitin Gadkari has just walked in followed by BJP leaders. Shripad Naik, Michael Lobo, Vishwajit Rane. Gadkari will be meeting the party MLAs to formalise the name of the new CM candidate of Goa. With the Congress already written to Goa Governor staking claim to form Government, the BJP is most likely to announce Parrikar's successor tonight.

01:20 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Congress' letter to Goa Guv

01:07 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Candidates will be finalised in an hour, swearing in tomorrow: Michael Lobo

Deputy speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said the decision on the CM candidate will be taken in the meeting which is going to take place in Goa anytime soon. "The candidates will be finalised in an hour. Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah will finalise. We are waiting," he said. He also stated that the swearing in will take place at 8 am on Monday.

00:57 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa

Congress late on Sunday, again, formally staked its claim with Governor Mridula Sinha to form a government in Goa. In their letter they added that the government was in power as coalition partners supported Parrikar, and not BJP. Vijai Sardesai, Goa Forward Party says, "We had given support to Manohar Parrikar not BJP. Now that he is not anymore, options are open. We want stability in Goa, we don't want dissolution of house. We'll wait for the decision at the BJP legislature meeting & then take the next step"

00:42 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Goa BJP leaders including Speaker Pramod Sawant await Gadkari's arrival

00:35 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Loss 'irreversible and incalculable': Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, Leader of Opposition

Goa has lost one of the greatest leaders of the soil. This loss is certainly irreversible and incalculable. Though I had political differences with him, I respected him as an individual as well as a leader of great abilities.I consider myself lucky to have witnessed the entire political career of our beloved ' Bhai ' who rose from a middle class family background to the height of the Defense Minister of India and I respect him a lot for his achievements. He made all of us proud.He proved himself as a true fighter who fought against the dangerous illness of cancer while continuing with the regular service of the state. He will be remembered for all his good deeds and memories he left behind for all of us to get inspiration. May our Lord bless and comfort him and his family during this time of grief. May his departed soul gets eternal peace.

Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, leader of Opposition.

00:25 (IST)18 Mar 2019
Nitin Gadkari likely to meet BJP MLAs in Goa

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has arrived in Goa, where he is likely to meet the BJP MLAs to discuss the party's future course of action. Speaking about the possible meeting, BJP MLA Glen Ticlo said, “We are asked to come here as someone from Delhi will be here to discuss the future course. It’s Nitin Gadkari most likely.”

23:34 (IST)17 Mar 2019
IIT Bombay remembers alumnus Manohar Parrikar

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay paid tributes to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, an alumnus of the institute. Remembering the late leader, the institute said, "Goa Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar's demise comes as a shock to all of us at IIT Bombay. He was the Institute's Distinguished Alumnus and keenly involved with many initiatives at IIT Bombay. He was also deeply involved with the launch of IIT Goa. He was the Chief Guest for the 55th Convocation of IIT Bombay held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10.00 am at the Institute’s Convocation Hall. The Institute condoles his demise. The Institute had felicitated its Distinguished Alumnus Mr. Manohar Parrikar, former Minister of Defence, Government of India, who graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Institute in 1978, “In recognition of his contribution to the Development of the Country,” on the Alumni Day in 2014."

Parrikar was first IIT grad to be an MLA in India.

23:31 (IST)17 Mar 2019
State of mourning

Following the demise of the former defence minister and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, all the state government offices, local-autonomous bodies, public sector undertakings, all educational institutions including aided institutions shall remain closed on March 18. BJP's CEC meeting along with all the other official programmes slated for tomorrow also stands cancelled.

22:38 (IST)17 Mar 2019
Naveen Patnaik condoles demise of Manohar Parrikar

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. "Deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of former Defence Minister of India and Chief Minister Goa Manohar Parrikar. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,
friends & followers. May his soul rest in peace," Patnaik wrote on Twitter.

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On Saturday, the Congress staked claim to form the government in Goa. The party, in a letter, asked Governor Mridula Sinha to "dismiss" the BJP-led government which it said was in a minority. “We were the largest party on the day of the elections and we asked to be invited. We are again asking what is our right," the letter read.

The strength of Goa Assembly has reduced from 40 to 37 after the death of BJP MLA Francis D'Souza and resignation of two MLAs -- Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.

After the Congress dispatched a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, the BJP called for an “emergency meeting” at the party headquarters in Panaji. In the letter, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar attributed the Congress decision to the death of former Cabinet minister Francis D’Souza in February, reducing the BJP strength to 13. The letter was emailed, faxed and hand-delivered to Raj Bhawan.

Governor Sinha is yet to give the party an appointment but until late evening, she met BJP’s organising secretary Satish Dhond.

Deputy Speaker and BJP leader Michael Lobo Saturday said the “emergency meeting” was called to discuss the details on Parrikar’s health, which he said was showing no signs of improvement and had forced the party to start discussing options and taking the coalition into confidence.