New Delhi: The Congress party on Monday mocked Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for replacing two ailing ministers from his cabinet terming the decision as hypocrisy. Speaking to news agency ANI, Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar said that the development in the Goa cabinet reshuffle is laughable as Manohar Parrikar himself is admitted to AIIMS for the treatment of a pancreatic ailment. Also Read - Amarinder Singh Condemns Haryana Govt's Attempts To Prevent Farmers March To Delhi
“If they’re dropping ministers on health grounds, it’s laughable. It’s hypocrisy. When CM (Manohar Parrikar) is on a bed whose condition is worse than other two ministers and they’re dropped on health grounds and CM is continuing,” Girish Chodankar said. Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral
Earlier in the day, Parrikar removed two ministers — Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar — from his cabinet on health grounds. The development came at a time when Parrikar is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic disease at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. Parrikar suggested the names of D’Souza and Madkaikar who are currently undergoing treatments and replaced them with BJP’s Milind Naik and Nilesh Cabral.
While Madkaikar was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after he suffered a brain stroke in June, D’Souza is admitted at a hospital in the US.
On Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah had announced that ailing Manohar Parrikar will continue as Goa Chief Minister and changes in the state cabinet will be made soon. “After discussions with the team of Goa State BJP, it has been decided that Mr. Manohar Parrikar will continue as Goa Chief Minister. The changes in the cabinet and departments of the state government will be made shortly,” Shah tweeted.
Earlier, claiming that the BJP-led coalition government was in a minority, the Congress legislative party formally met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and urged her to convene a one-day session of Assembly to allow it to stake claim to form the new government in view of ailing Parrikar’s inability to continue as Goa CM.