Panaji: Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was seen inspecting an under-construction bridge on Mandovi River on Sunday. The Chief Minister also inspected the work of a bridge over Zuari River near Agassaim village, some 15 kilometres from capital city Panaji.

This was his (Manohar Parrikar) first public appearance since returning to the state, post hospitalisation in Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).  Notably, Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, has been recuperating at his private residence near Dona Paula since October 14.

In the pictures, shared by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), CM Parrikar was seen wearing a safety helmet and a nasal drip.  He was seen interacting with government officials and engineers who are overseeing the construction work.

Speaking to reporters, a senior Chief Minister’s Office functionary said Parrikar travelled from Porvorim to Merces inspecting the bridge, the third over the Mandovi. The bridge, which is expected to be completed next year, will connect Panaji to the rest of north Goa.

Parrikar alighted from the car at the site and discussed the progress of the work with officials of the Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation and contracting firm Larsen and Toubro, the CMO functionary added.

Earlier on November 23,  Goa Forward Party chief and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai had revealed that the ailing Chief Minister wanted to resign, but the BJP high command vetoed it.

“He wanted to give up the CM’s post altogether. He had even shown inclination to give away his portfolios (to other ministers) when he was admitted to a hospital during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. But then several things happened. BJP high command stepped in….it (to resign or not) is  not in his (Parrikar’s) hands entirely,” Sardesai said, while speaking to reporters.