The 63rd birthday of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar witnessed prayers and “speedy recovery” wishes arriving right from the Prime Minister to the common man. The ailing Chief Minister was, however, restricted to his residence, on the advice of the doctors treating him.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Twitter wish said, “Birthday greetings to my friend and Goa’s CM @manoharparrikar Ji. Parrikar Ji is known for his compassionate, down to earth and hardworking nature. He is extremely passionate about Goa’s development. The entire nation prays for Parrikar Ji’s good health.”
Similar messages poured in from Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah; Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh; Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley; central ministers including Suresh Prabhu, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goel, Harsh Vardhan, J P Nadda, Shripad Naik and Maneka Gandhi; Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadanvis; Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister,
Yogi Adityanath and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamta Bannerjee, besides many ministers in the state cabinet and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar.
Sons of the Chief Minister Utpal and Abhijat along with former city MLA Sidharth Kunkalienkar visited the city Mahalaxmi temple in the morning and offered prayers for his recovery. The state BJP unit held a blood donation camp at its city headquarters, while a renovated city garden was inaugurated by Mayor Vitthal Chodankar.
Parrikar’s birthday was also celebrated at the Disha School, the special children school in his constituency. The students prepared a special greeting card for the Chief Minister, while gifts were given to the school. A similar exercise also took place at the city-based People’s High School.
This is the first time Parrikar did not celebrate his birthday publicly, during his 24 years as the city MLA.