Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital in Mumbai, will be flying for US on Wednesday evening after he developed ‘some complications.’
Quoting Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, news agency PTI reported that the 62-year-old chief minister will leave for US at 5 pm on Wednesday. But other reports said that he will leave for the US on Thursday morning now.
“Some complications have developed due to which (Manohar) Parrikar is going to the US for treatment. His condition is stable and we need not worry,” Sawant was quoted by PTI.
Parrikar was diagnosed with the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer in February. He had to spend three months in the US for treatment and returned home only in June. He had travelled to the US again in early August for a follow-up checkup.
On 23 August Parrikar has had to be admitted at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital for a review health checkup. He was expected to return to Goa today, but he developed ‘some complications’ prompting the doctors to advise him to fly to the US.
Sawant said, “The official charge of the post of chief minister will remain with him (Parrikar). There is no need to hand over the charge to anyone.”
AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said, “It is the chief minister’s prerogative and there is no clarity on who would hold the charge in his absence. Vinay Tendulkar will be going to Mumbai to meet Parrikar and only after that we will get clarity on it.”
Meanwhile, Goa Congress chief, Girish Chodankar, said that the state was being misled about the extend of Parrikar’s illness asking Governor Mridula Sinha to appoint a new chief minister.
“The CMO is completely misleading the people of Goa. Manohar Parrikar’s obstinate insistence on sticking to his chair is jeopardising not only his own health but it is also impacting upon the administration and health of the state,” Times of India quoted him as saying.