Parrikar to return today, will present Budget;PM Modi expected to visit CM in Mumbai hospital
PANJIM: Following the ill-health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Dy Speaker Michael Lobo has urged the Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant to curtail the Assembly session to four days so that the CM may recuperate. Parrikar has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for treatment of mild pancreatitis.
Speaking to Herald, Lobo said that even though he believes it is mild pancreatitis, the Chief Minister needs rest and should not strain himself. “I met Speaker Pramod Sawant and urged him to curtail the session to about three or four days in view of the indifferent health of the Chief Minister,” Lobo said.
He said the CM is returning on Sunday and will present the Budget. “On the first day of the session, after the Governor’s address, the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) will meet and the Leader of the Opposition will also be taken into confidence,” he said.
Sources close to the Chief Minister said that he is suffering from severe pancreatic illness and his treatment would continue for a long time. “He is insistent on presenting the Budget in spite of his doctors advising him against it. That’s why we are bringing him to Goa. His treatment would continue again thereafter,” the sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Parrikar in the Mumbai hospital on Sunday. The PM will be in the city to lay the foundation stones for some mega projects.
Sources said that Parrikar underwent a medical procedure called “port” on Saturday evening. This is first of the many treatments he would receive in the near future. This would also ensure that he would be strong enough to visit Goa and present the Budget in the Assembly. It is still not clear whether the remaining treatment would be carried out in Goa or Mumbai.
Many of his senior ministers visited him in the hospital on Saturday. Leaders of both alliance parties – Vijai Sardesai and Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar – also called on him in Mumbai. Most members of the core group of the BJP are already in the metro. “We are worried but we are admiring his spirit,” one of his close aides said.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in a statement had said, “Chief Minister is being monitored for his inflamed pancreas at Lilavati hospital and has not been advised any surgery. He will be attending the Assembly session which is scheduled to begin from February 19.”
Parrikar was admitted in Lilavati after an initial check-up at Goa Medical College and Hospital, when he had complained of stomach pain and was treated for food poisoning. The CMO later confirmed that he was suffering from mild pancreatitis.