New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to return to his state on Sunday, said a senior government official. He is undergoing treatment at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the pancreatic ailment. Parrikar was admitted in AIIMS on September 15.
“The chief minister is likely to be brought to Goa in a special flight on Sunday from Delhi. The doctors who are treating him at the hospital would certify on Sunday morning whether he is fit to travel back home,” the official of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
If he returns to Goa, Parrikar will stay at his private residence in Panaji, he added.
On Friday, Parrikar had met Goa BJP’s core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.
He had also met his cabinet ministers and discussed the distribution of some of his portfolios to his cabinet colleagues after Dussehra. However, leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.
Later, Congress had slammed cabinet ministers meeting and called it a political drama to show that the government is still functioning.
Ever since Manohar Parrikar is admitted to the hospital, Congress had been demanding floor test to prove majority. They are claiming to form the government. The Congress, along with 14 legislators in the 40-member state Assembly, had submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, urging her to invite them to form the government.
In the assembly elections held in February last year, the Congress had bagged 17 seats in the 40-member House, falling short of the majority by four seats.
The state is being ruled by the BJP with the support of Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), NCP and Independents. The BJP has 14 seats in the Assembly, GFP and MGP have three each and NCP has one. There are also three Independents.
Manohar Parrikar is admitted in AIIMS in the national capital for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. He had returned from the US in the first week of September, days after which he was admitted to a hospital at Candolim in north Goa. Earlier this year, he had undergone a three-month-long treatment in the US.