New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will fly to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital on Saturday for follow-up treatment. He will reach Delhi at 1 pm today. Goa assembly’s Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said that both PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are monitoring the situation in Goa. He added that portfolios that were with CM will be distributed among ministers so that administration runs smoothly.
Refuting all rumours of the Goa CM stepping down, Lobo added that Parrikar will continue remaining Goa’s CM. Following Parrikar’s failing health, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today sent central observers and leaders to the state to oversee the political and leadership issues this Friday. Parrikar had returned from the US on September 6.
Since his return from the US, Parrikar has not attended office and has been regularly visiting a clinic at Candolim in north Goa. He was admitted to a private medical facility in Candolim on Thursday after he complained of fever. He will, therefore, be resting at the private clinic till his condition improves, said BJP leaders.
In fact, Parrikar on Friday had called state BJP leaders and alliance ministers for a meeting at the clinic where he had been admitted.
Meanwhile, the Opposition who has been consistently pointing fingers at the Goa administration rose up to the issue and claimed that Parrikar had plans to dissolve the Goa assembly as he is ‘losing grip’ over state politics and allies. The Opposition party wrote to the Goa governor expressing concerns that Parrikar may soon dissolve the assembly and said that in such a case, the state Congress should get a chance to form the government in Goa.
In a letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, state Congress chief Girish Chodankar said the state assembly should not be dissolved in case Parrikar chose to do so. He said that the Congress party should be given the chance to form the government.
While Congress made every little attempt to seize the opportunity, Parrikar and the BJP made efforts to squash rumours. Parrikar visited his ancestral house in Parra, for Ganesh Chaturthi. While both ally partners Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward and Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) maintained that Parrikar was fine and he was doing his work. After reports of Dhavalikar being offered the post of Deputy CM surfaced, MGP state president Deepak Dhavalikar said, “Preliminary discussions are going on. But, we cannot say anything yet. I will wait to meet Sudin before I comment any further.”
Sardesai too said he visited the hospital to wish Parrikar on Ganesh Chaturthi and said, “Their central observers are expected to come soon.”
On the other hand, Goa BJP general secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade said, “At this stage, nothing can be said. All sorts of rumours are flying. We along with Union Minister for State Shripad Naik met him (Parrikar) at the clinic. It was a meeting called by him as, since his return from the US, he has not met all of us together. He looked weak. But I will still wait to see him recover before saying anything.”
Parrikar, who is being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer, had gone to the US on August 30, the third time in six months.