The health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar suffering from stage IV pancreatic cancer “has become very critical and beyond recovery”, just as the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party held a meeting of its MLAs on Saturday evening, asking the legislators to remain in Goa during the next few days.
Calangute BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who attended the meeting of the BJP legislators, later told the media persons that “the Chief Minister is very, very ill, and the doctors treating him cannot work towards his recovery”.
“We are praying for him,” Lobo said, pointing out that the meeting did not discuss anything about leadership change.
However, he indicated that the Chief Minister of the BJP-led government will be always from the BJP.
State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar, however, toned down the news about the deteriorating health of the Chief Minister.
“The meeting discussed the rumours about the health of the Chief Minister,” he said.
Tendulkar brushed aside the efforts of the Congress party to form government in the state.
“The Chief Minister of Goa exists and he has not resigned,” he observed, questioning that when the Congress party could not form its government in Goa with 17 MLAs, how could it do the same with 14 legislators.
When brought to his notice that Goa Forward Party supports Manohar Parrikar and not the BJP, Tendulkar said that politicians don’t reveal all things and keep some things in reserve.
He also categorically denied that there is a move towards providing a Deputy Chief Minister to the state.
Confidential sources told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the health of the Chief Minister deteriorated drastically on Friday night. However, the Office of the Chief Minister on Saturday morning tweeted that his health condition is stable.
“With respect to some media reports it is hereby stated that Honourable Chief Minister’s health parameters continues to be stable,” the tweet maintained.
Earlier in the day, former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker, who visited Chief Minister’s residence told media persons that the Chief Minister is continuously under the observation of doctors from Goa Medical College and Hospital.
“His (Parrikar’s) health condition is stable now. His regular medical check-up is underway,” Kuncalienker informed.
Sometime back Parrikar had received medical treatment at the GMC under the supervision of doctors from the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Thereafter he had been taken to the GMC on two occasions for scanning and routine check-ups.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who is on a visit to the US, has cut his tour short and will return to Goa by Sunday.