New Delhi, Jul 5: Interacting with journalists for the first time after undergoing cancer treatment, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the state needs a ‘leader’ who is cultured and has character. His statement has sparked a speculation about him continuing as Chief Minister. Also Read - Just a Week After Discharge From COVID-Designated Hospital, This Goa BJP MLA Tests Positive Again; Admitted

“The Chief Minister perhaps for the first time has voiced the need for good leadership. He said the state needed a leader who will take care of people, who is cultured and has character. The timing of such a statement, after he has returned from the US and is fighting a grave disease makes one think,” an editor of a vernacular newspaper said. Also Read - Goa SSC Class 10th Exams 2020: GBSHSE Announces Results, Check on gbshse.gov.in

Parrikar has been one of the tallest leaders in the state. In fact, he is the first politician from India’s smallest state to be appointed as a full-fledged Union Minister, when he served for more than two years as the Defence Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet from 2014-2017. Also Read - Goa SSC 10th Result 2020: GBSHSE Scores to be Declared at 4.30 PM at gbshse.gov.in | How to Check

“He was telling us that he did not take any stress when he was ill. Although he did tell us that he is still not fully fit and he will have to return to the US after the coming Assembly session. Parrikar said he would be in the US for around five-six days. He also said he had the willpower against his illness,” said another editor of a local English daily.

Once a political rock star, who drew admiration from across the political spectrum, Parrikar in recent years has seen his popularity wane considerably over his consistent failure to deliver on poll promises as well as his condonation of tainted politicians and officials.

His absence from Goa, during his treatment stint in the US, however, threw up the state in administrative chaos, after which a three-member Ministers committee was appointed by him.

Parrikar, 62, returned after his three-month-long treatment for his pancreatic ailment. He had left for the US on March 7.