Panaji: Hoping to lay to rest all speculations over the Goa Chief Minister’s health, the state BJP said on Monday that Manohar Parrikar was better. “The Chief Minister is better now and the rumours that are being spread that he will resign from his post are false. The coalition government has been formed for five years and the CM will complete his tenure,” said Goa BJP President Vijay Tendulkar to media. The BJP’s state core committee had met to discuss the current political situation. (Also read: Goa Police Arrests Man For Spreading Fake News About CM’s Health)
The core committee is the BJP’s key decision-making body in Goa, comprising senior leaders Parrikar, Union minister Shripad Naik, Lok Sabha MP Narendra Sawaikar and party state chief Vinay Tendulkar, among others. Political activity in Goa has gathered steam in the absence of an ailing Manohar Parrikar. The Congress had claimed to form a government in the state and had, with 14 legislators in the 40-member state Assembly, submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, urging her to invite them to form the government.
Meanwhile, Parrikar had flown back to his home state on Sunday after being discharged from AIIMS, Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment. The 62-year-old was flown in a special flight that landed at Dabolim airport around 2.35 PM. From the airport, he was taken to his private residence at Dona Paula, in an ambulance, where the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital has made arrangements with a team of doctors on standby to take care of his health.
If sources close to AIIMS are believed, the Goa CM was in the morning shifted to the Intensive Care Unit for a while after his condition deteriorated. But later, the administration decided to discharge him. Parrikar was admitted to the AIIMS on September 15.