Owing to his declining health, Goa Chief MinisterManohar Parrikar was today admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. He has been shifted to an old private ward under the care of gastroenterologist Dr Pramod Garg. He was flown to Delhi this morning for his follow-up treatment. The medical facility is Goa was felt inadequate, and with BJP central command calling on him yesterday, he finally agreed to proceed to New Delhi.
He returned from the US after a medical check-up only on September 7, but again admitted to a private hospital at North Goa’s Candolim, two days ago. He had earlier this year been treated for three months in the US for a pancreatic ailment.The chief minister spoke to BJP president Amit Shah last evening to update him about him about his health, has reportedly requesting him to relieve Chief Ministerial responsibilities, in view of his worsening health condition.
The chief minister has not resumed office ever since he returned to Goa on September 6 after his third visit to the USA and had to be almost immediately re-hospitalized. Since February 14, when he was first admitted in a hospital stating `food poising’, his health condition turned worrysome.
Meanwhile, BJP leadership has started to make interim arrangement, as the opposition is accusing of absence of governance in the state since a long time, after Parriker left to USA for treatment. Sudin Dhavalikar, the public works minister and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) was expected to be given interim charge of the ministries handled by Parrikar.
A decision on temporary allocation of the chief minister’s portfolios is likely to be taken after a team of BJP’s central observer visits the state. Leadership is a sensitive issue with the presence of Parrikar being the only common factor holding the BJP alliance together.