Panaji: Revolt brewed in Goa BJP today with the race for the Chief Minister's post intensifying as Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza throwing his hat into the ring while Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar emerged the front-runner to succeed Manohar Parrikar.
“I am chief ministerial material. I will not be reporting to a junior,” D'Souza, BJP's Christian face in Goa, told reporters at the airport on his arrival from abroad.
He said “I will not take oath tomorrow if I am not made the Chief Minister. What future action I will take, I will decide after that”.
Though names of both Parsekar and D'Souza, besides state Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar were doing the rounds as successor to Parrikar who is tipped to shift to the union cabinet, the Deputy Chief Minister's claim to the post may make the proceedings a little difficult tomorrow when BJP Legislature Party meets to elect its new leader.
Earlier in the day, D' Souza told a TV channel that denying him the CM's post will have an “adverse” impact on BJP's voters from the minority community. “I clearly did not expect it that way. Minorities saw BJP as an alternative to Congress and were responding very well.
It could be felt that way that a minority candidate was sidelined. It is not my feeling but the response I am getting from my supporters indicates that,” he said.
Several BJP legislators including Vishnu Wagh, Kiran Kandolkar, Carlose Almeida, Micheal Lobo and Glenn Ticlo have openly extended their support to D'Souza.
“We met him (D'Souza). We told him that he should stake claim for the CM's post,” Wagh said. “As per existing cabinet hierarchy, D'Souza is number two after Parrikar. So when number one is displaced, number two becomes number one. You cannot get number four or five on the top,” Wagh said.