Gadkari to clear the air over leadership change: Lobo

PANAJI: The matter pertaining to the rumours as regards change in the Chief Minister of Goa came for discussion during the meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs and Members of Parliament with the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, held in the city late Monday evening.
The local legislators as well as the parliamentarians brought to the notice of Gadkari that all sorts of rumours about leadership change in Goa are being spread on social media vis-à-vis the illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
“There are also rumours as regards the new chief minister to be imported from one of the coalition partner political parties of the BJP,” they told the Union Minister, further requesting him to officially rebuff such rumours in the capacity of a senior national leader of the party, and put them to rest once and for all.
“Gadkari agreed to this suggestion and will do so during his present visit to Goa,” informed BJP MLA from Calangute, Michael Lobo, who attended the meeting.
Union Minister for AYUSH, Shripad Naik; state BJP president, Vinay Tendulkar; South Goa MP, Narendra Sawaikar; Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, Pramod Sawant; Minister for Urban Development, Francis D’Souza, Power Minister, Pandurang Madkaikar; and the Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mauvin Godinho were among those present at the meeting.
Tendulkar said that the meeting also discussed the forthcoming celebration of the 38th Foundation Day of BJP, in Goa on April 6, 2018.
It is learnt that some of the BJP MLAs attending the meet put forth the issue of closure of mining activities in Goa and its impact on the mining dependents as well as the state economy. However, no details were available on the same.
Meanwhile, Gadkari on March 20 is scheduled to meet the mining industry stakeholders as well as leaders of the political parties in coalition with the state government namely Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party, and discuss the mining issue with them.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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