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'Unwell' Manohar Parrikar calls Amit Shah, wishes to step down as Goa CM; likely to give up few portolios

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Goa CM Manohar Parikar underwent three-month-long treatment in the US for a pancreatic ailment earlier this year. (File Photo/PTI)

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been keeping unwell for sometime now, has reportedly expressed his desire to step down from the post. Parrikar, who is currently admitted to a hospital in Panaji, called BJP president Amit Shah on Friday evening to inform him about the status of his health. 

Sources said that Parrikar also conveyed Amit Shah that he could not keep working due to his illness. A party leader, who refused to be identified, said that it has been decided that Parrikar would continue on CM’s chair for now. 

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“Parrikar spoke to Shah and briefed him about the political situation in the state, and also informed him about his health condition. It was decided that Parrikar will continue as the chief minister but he might give some of his portfolios to his cabinet colleagues,” the leader told PTI.

“By next week, the government will work out the exact arrangement through which the work burden on Parrikar could be reduced. A thought would also be given to replacing the two ailing ministers in the cabinet, Pandurang Madkaikar and Francis D’Souza,” he said.

Parrikar, who returned from the US after medical check-up on September 7, was admitted to a private hospital at Candolim in North Goa district Thursday evening. Earlier this year he underwent three-month-long treatment in the US for a pancreatic ailment. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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