Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital has released a statement stating that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was responding ‘well to the treatment.’
The statement, which was tweeted by CMO Goa’s official Twitter handle, said, “It has been brought to our notice, various malicious and misleading reports/rumours are floating around in the Electronic/Print media with regards to the health of Hon. Chief Minister of Goa. We categorically deny all such rumours.”
Official statement by Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/sOlbHqtl86
— CMO Goa (@goacm) February 18, 2018
This was after reports emerged that Parrikar had reportedly been diagnosed with the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer with his condition being described to be critical.
Parrikar was admitted in Mumbai’s Lilawati hospital on 16 February in suburban Bandra under the care of noted oncologist P Jagannath. “Parrikar is doing fine. He watched the India-South Africa cricket match yesterday. He is on a liquid diet,” PTI had quoted a source as saying.
Lilavati hospital, when contacted, had refused to confirm or deny the report but a cabinet colleague of Parrikar in Goa government had confirmed the news to Janta Ka Reporter.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Parrikar at Lilavati hospital.
This was after many reports on Sunday said that Parrikar had been diagnosed with cancer and his condition was critical.
Parrikar was asked to quit defence ministry portfolio last year to become Goa’s chief minister for the second time.
Last week, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar had said, “On the advise of his doctors, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be continuing with the treatment for Pancreas in Mumbai.
“CM’s treatment is in the right direction and that he is responding to the same. However, he needs sufficient time to recover and be focused on the treatment. Expert doctors are taking good care of him. We all pray for his speedy recovery.”
Earlier on Sunday, News18 too had reported the deterioration in Parrikar’s health. He was admitted in Lilavati on Saturday. News agency IANS on Sunday had reported that Parrikar may not attend the budget session of the state legislative assembly which begins on Monday due to health reasons.
“The decision on who will present the budget will be taken at the BJP’s legislative party meeting at 10.30 a.m. on Monday,” Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo was quoted by IANS.
Meanwhile, former BJP MP, Tarun Vijay, said that the news was incorrect. He tweeted, “There are some news being spread by certain media about the health of shri @manoharparrikar ji. I spoke to one of their OSDs just now- he says all news reg ‘cancer’ is fake and untrue. Thanks. Thanks . Prayers to Lord Mangesh – Shiva. Pl Why some journos spread such canards?”