Goa CM Manohar Parrikar gets affectionate welcome from Goans as he returns home after three months of cancer treatment


Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday returned home after three months of cancer treatment in the US. 62-year-old Parrikar was in the US for treatment of a pancreatic ailment since March this year.

Parrikar was welcome by a number of street hoardings in Konkani that affectionately welcomed him saying ‘Mogal Evkar bhai (Affectionate welcome brother).’

A report by PTI said that Parrikar first arrived in Mumbai before taking a Goa-bound flight. Parrikar landed at the Goa airport around 5. 45 pm and he was received by state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. Parrikar, however, did not speak to the media, reported PTI.

The visual flashed by news agency ANI showed Parrikar casually walking and exchanging greetings with his administrative staff, who had gathered at the airport to welcome him. He went to his residence in Dona Paula.

Quoting sources the PTI reported that the cabinet meeting, scheduled for Friday, had been cancelled. “Nothing has been decided about his schedule for tomorrow. We will inform the media once it is ready,” a senior CMO official was quoted as saying.

Parrikar was diagnosed with with the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer with his condition after he was admitted in Mumbai’s Lilawati Hospital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited him at the hospital, where he remained observation till 22 February.

He returned to Goa the same day and presented the Budget in the Assembly, but the session was truncated to only four days owing to his illness. He was then admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital on February 25 after he complained of dehydration and was discharged four days later.

He had left for the US on 7 March before forming a cabinet advisory committee to guide the state administration on governance and other issues, in his absence. Earlier this month, Parrikar had taken an extraordinary step to call as many as four local reporters to inform them how he was running the government from the hospital in the US.