Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday arrived in his home state. He was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic ailment, earlier in the day.
The 62-year-old was flown in a special flight that landed at Dabolim airport around 2.35 PM. From the airport, he was taken to his private residence at Dona Paula, in an ambulance, where the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital has made elaborate arrangements with a team of doctors on standby to take care of his health.
If sources close to AIIMS are believed, the Goa CM was in the morning shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a while after his condition deteriorated. But later, the administration decided to discharge him. Parrikar was admitted to the AIIMS on September 15.
Parrikar has been ailing since mid-February and has been treated at different hospitals including those in Goa, Mumbai and the US.
Earlier on Friday, Parrikar met Goa Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core committee members that included Union minister Shripad Naik and party state chief Vinay Tendulkar among other at AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health. The meeting was also attended ministers from party’s coalition partners.
Leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state. Questions over the stability of the Goa government have been raised by the Opposition Congress because of Goa CM’s illness.
In the 40-member Goa Assembly, he Parrikar-led government has the support of 23 MLAs, inlcuding 14 BJP MLAs and three each from the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) along with three Independents. The Opposition Congress is the single largest party in the state Assembly with 16 MLAs.