New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was on Sunday discharged from the AIIMS, where he has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic ailment. He is expected to return to his home state today, PTI quoted sources as saying. Also Read - AIIMS Delhi Reports First Case of COVID-19 Linked Brain Nerve Damage in a Child

Parrikar was shifted to the ICU for a while on Sunday morning while his condition deteriorated. But after some time, the hospital administration decided to discharge him, according to sources in the AIIMS. Also Read - Goa CM Pramod Sawant Tests Positive for COVID-19, To Remain Under Home Isolation

“Parrikar’s health condition deteriorated in the early morning on Sunday and he was shifted to intensive care unit (ICU),” the AIIMS official said. Also Read - Manohar Parrikar's Son Tests Corona Positive, Hospitalised

“Later he was released from the ICU and also discharged from the hospital,” the official added.

Parrikar was admitted to the AIIMS last month. The former Defence Minister has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and now Delhi for the last seven months.

“The chief minister is likely to be brought to Goa in a special flight on Sunday from Delhi. The doctors who are treating him at the hospital would certify on Sunday morning whether he is fit to travel back home,” the official of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had said Saturday.

If he returns to Goa, Parrikar will stay at his private residence in Panaji, he added.

On Friday, Parrikar met Goa BJP’s core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.

However, leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.

Political activity in Goa had gathered steam in the absence of an ailing Manohar Parrikar. The main opposition Congress had claimed to form a government in the state last month. The Congress, along with 14 legislators in the 40-member state Assembly, had submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, urging her to invite them to form the government.

(With inputs from agencies)