Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday dominated the social media conversation evoking sympathetic reactions from both his supporters and critics alike.
In one photo, tweeted by Parrikar himself, the Goa chief minister was seen unveiling the foundation stone of an NIT campus. Also joining him was Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar. He tweeted, “Unveiled foundation stone for permanent campus of National Institute of Technology Goa in presence of HRD Minister Shri.
@PrakashJavdekar. The state’s higher education sector will get a major boost with NIT Goa as 40% of the seats at the institution will be reserved for Goans.”
Unveiled foundation stone for permanent campus of National Institute of Technology Goa in presence of HRD Minister Shri. @PrakashJavdekar. The state’s higher education sector will get a major boost with NIT Goa as 40% of the seats at the institution will be reserved for Goans. pic.twitter.com/Ih46Kzq2pD
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) December 15, 2018
Parrikar, who was diagnosed with fourth stage of pancreatic cancer earlier this year, looked very unwell and frail in the photo. It was clear from the photo that the veteran BJP leader was long way off from full recovery.
Hours later, news agency ANI posted another set of photos of Goa chief minister, showing him inspecting the construction of the Zuari Bridge and the third Mandovi bridge.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inspects the construction of Zuari Bridge & third Mandovi bridge. pic.twitter.com/2dcyp2ZLxN
— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2018
He looked equally unwell as some detected that the chief minister had arrived at the site with a pipe inserted through his nose, a sign that he was indeed very unwell. This prompted social media users including journalists to slam the BJP for forcing Parrikar to remain in office despite his frail condition.
Twitter also erupted with sympathetic messages for Parrikar with users also asking him to take rest. User Manju Nair wrote, “Seriously, politics aside, I hope Manohar Parrikar can take some rest. He looks really unwell and frail. 🙁 Someone pls tell him it’s not worth it. Leave. Go. Take care of yourself pls.” Activist Sadhavi Khosla wrote, “BJP- Be kind enough to allow Mr. Parrikar to recover well and take good care of himself. Your hunger for power is taking a toll on his health. Get well soon @manoharparrikar ji and take it easy.”
Journalist Prashant Kumar tweeted, “Manohar Parrikar, wish you all the best and best of health, sir. This picture is a real example of how dangerous politics might get, sometimes. Can he please be allowed to have rest and get better?? He looks a pale shadow of himself.” Journalist Nikhil Waghle wrote, “This is pathetic and inhuman. Mr Parrikar needs complete rest as a cancer patient and his party exploiting him.”
Journalist Tejas Mehta disagreed and said that Parrikar was not being forced to stay in office. He wrote, “For all those who aren’t following Goa politics closely, better to find out from ground sources if the BJP is forcing Parrikar to stay on or is he himself wanting to keep going? ”
Parrikar had travelled to the US several times for treatment after being diagnosed with cancer. He had also spent a considerably long time at Delhi’s AIIMS. This had prompted the Congress to approach the Governor, demanding an immediate floor test in the state assembly.