GOODBYE US! PARRIKAR FLIES BACK HOME TODAY
Return of the Chief Minister after over 2 months stay in the States for treatment
Story: The | Goan | 14th June 2018, 02:07 Hrs
CABINET MEET TOMORROW
* Upon his return, Parrikar has called a meeting of the cabinet which will be held on June 15
* This will will be the first cabinet meeting since February
* The Chief Minister is also expected to interact with other MLAs upon his return
* Parrikar is also likely to take several decisions including possibly a reshuffle of portfolios
Parrikar first hospitalised for what was reported to be a case of food poisoning. Shifted to Mumbai
Discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, presents state’s financial statement the same dayOn
Shifted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital again from GMC and flown to the USA the next day
PANAJI: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to leave the United States and be on his way back to Goa, where he is expected to arrive on the night of June 14.
Parrikar was scheduled to board a flight from New York to Mumbai at 12 midnight of June 13 and expected to arrive at Mumbai at 2pm on June 14. He is expected to be in Goa later on Thursday.
The Chief Minister who has been diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment continued to remote control the affairs of the state despite being treated with what is being described as a serious ailment.
Upon his return, the Chief Minister has called a meeting of the cabinet which will be held on June 15, which will be the first cabinet meeting since February. The Chief Minister is also expected to interact with other MLAs upon his return and take several decisions including possibly a reshuffle of portfolios among the ministers.
The opposition Congress as well as the national media has been raising the issue of the absence of the Chief Minister and taunted the BJP for not having any alternate leader to take over the reins from the ailing Parrikar.
The Chief Minister was first hospitalised on February 14 for what was reported to be a case of food poisoning. However, no sooner he was shifted to Mumbai, the state administration informed that the Chief Minister would be “unavailable for next two days as he has to undergo a routine health check-up in Mumbai.”
On February 16, the State Administration informed that the Chief Minister “is well and under observation. He is likely to be discharged in a day or two. It is a case of mild pancreatitis.”
The next day, however, it was reported that the Chief Minister was “under monitoring for his inflamed pancreas” with the assumption that his treatment would be longer than initially anticipated the budget session was curtailed to only four days.
On February 23, barely a day after he defied odds and presented the state’s financial statement the same day he was discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, the chief minister began summoning files from his office which were sanitized and presented to him.
However, by that weekend on Sunday evening, he had to be readmitted to hospital following this time with dehydration.
Parrikar himself admitted that he has been asked to avoid contact in view of a risk of infection as he recovers from his ailment.
When he was admitted, the Chief Minister’s office in a terse statement said the chief minister was admitted on account of “slight dehydration” and low blood pressure.
“He was taking treatment at home, [but] doctors at GMC advised to treat him at the GMC. He is well and responding to treatment and under observation,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.
On March 5, he was shifted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and was flown to the USA the next day.