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Budget session likely to be cut short

Back to meet Governor today. Modi visits Parrikar at Lilavati. CM responding well to treatment, says hospital.

19th February 2018, 02:33 Hrs

The Goan I network


The Budget session of the Goa Legislative Assembly beginning Monday is likely to be curtailed in a bid to allow Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at the Lilavati Hospital, rest while he continues his treatment.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lilavati Hospital to enquire about Parrikar’s health even as Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Dr Pramod Sawant who also visited CM at Mumbai summoned a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee after the Governor’s speech on Monday to decide whether to curtail the Budget session or not.  

Sawant called on the Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha to brief her about the health of the chief minister.   

Parrikar is responding well to treatment has been advised rest and time to recuperate. With his presence seen as crucial for the government in the Assembly session, the Business Advisory Committee is likely to recommend to the Governor that the session be adjourned after the presentation of the Budget.   

The Bharatiya Janata Party Legislature Party is also scheduled to meet at 10:30 am on Monday ahead of the first session of the Goa Legislative Assembly.   

The Budget session of the Goa Legislative Assembly will convene at 11:30 am on Monday with the only item listed for the day being the Governor’s speech and the tabling of a motion of thanks to the Governor’s address.   

Earlier, the Goa Government officially released a statement that the Chief Minister is under observation for his inflamed pancreas at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai and has not been advised any surgery and that he will be attending the Assembly Session which is scheduled to begin from February 19.   

“Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is well and under observation. He is likely to be discharged in a day or two. It is a case of mild pancreatitis,” the Department had said no sooner the news emerged that Manohar Parrikar was shifted to Mumbai for a “routine checkup.”   

If the Business Advisory Committee advises the Governor to curtail the session, it is expected that the Budget will be read out by PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar and that the session will be adjourned soon, later reducing it to four days.   

Meanwhile, messages of support have continued to flow in for the Chief Minister especially on social media with legislators and politicians cutting across party lines wishing him well for his recovery.