Panaji: The Goa Chief Minister’s office on Saturday took to Twitter to put to rest rumours regarding Manohar Parrikar’s health. The Goa CM has been unwell over the past few weeks but is reportedly stable now.
The Chief Minister’s office tweeted, “With respect to some reports in media, it is hereby stated that Hon’ble Chief Minister @manoharparrikar’s health parameters continue to remain stable.”
Parrikar is expected to stay away from electioneering for Lok Sabha elections this year owing to his health.
BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker of Assembly Michael Lobo confirmed the same and said, “Yes, it will be the first time that Parrikar may not be physically present for campaigning but he is monitoring all election matters from home.” He, however, added that there is a dedicated team of party workers who are working overtime to ensure the party wins under the guidance of Parrikar.
“This (Parrikar staying away) won’t impact the polls because he is monitoring the campaigning. He is guiding the party from his residence. Every decision that the party is taking, including finalisation of candidates for by-elections, is with the blessings of Parrikar,” said Lobo.
BJP’s South Goa Member of Parliament Narendra Sawaikar added, “People also know Parrikar is the driving force (behind the BJP and the government). We feel he should have been there (for campaigning), but definitely, his guidance will be there.” (Also Read: Congress Stakes Claim to Form Government in Goa Following Rumours of Manohar Parrikar’s Failing Health, Issues Warning to Not Bring President Rule in State)
Parrikar had undergone a check-up on March 3 at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and later was released under stable conditions. Last month too, Parrikar had undergone an operation at the GMCH.
The Goa CM is suffering from pancreatic cancer and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 31.