Panaji, May 13: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday informed that he is responding well to the treatment in the United States. In a video message, Parrikar said that his treatment is giving successful results and he will be able to participate among people in the coming few weeks.
Last month, Parrikar had to make an impromptu visit to the United States for medical attention as he had reportedly contracted pancreatic cancer. Before moving to the United States for further medical treatment, the former defence minister was hospitalised at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15, following mild pancreatitis problems and was discharged from there on February 22. On March 21, Parrikar’s personal secretary (PS) Rupesh Kamat had said that the Chief Minister is responding well.
Earlier in the day, the Goa Congress had demanded the appointment of a “full-time” chief minister for the coastal state in the absence of Parrikar. The Congress MLAs and office-bearers staged a demonstration at the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister, late Dayanand Bandodkar, in support of their demand.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Girish Chodankar said, “We have petitioned everyone, including the governor, seeking the appointment of a full-time chief minister in the absence of Parrikar, but nothing seems to be happening.” Today, the party workers and legislators assembled at the memorial of Bandodkar and “prayed” that the ruling dispensation led by the BJP appoint a full-time chief minister, he said.
(With agency inputs)