Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently admitted in New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), is “very unwell” and is “living” with God’s blessings, said Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly Michael Lobo.
Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Lobo said that the day Parrikar steps down from his position as the chief minister, the state machinery will plunge into nothing short of a political crisis.
Parrikar (63) has been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year now. He has been in and out of hospitals in Delhi, New York, Mumbai and Goa since.
According to a PTI report, Lobo, who is a senior BJP leader and represents Calangute Assembly constituency said, “The ailment he has got has no cure. There will be no political crisis till Manohar Parrikar is in the chair. But the day he steps down on his health ground or something happens to him, there will be a political crisis. He is very unwell.”
“He is still living and working with God’s blessings,” he added.
Parrikar, a former defence minister, tweeted a spirited message on World Cancer Day, on February 4, exuding confidence that “human mind can overcome any disease”.
Parrikar heads a BJP-led coalition government in Goa, which is supported by the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three Independent MLAs.