Parrikar likely to return to Goa today, Congress lashes out at BJP, says 'crisis of governance' in state created by saffron-party

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to return to the state on Sunday from Delhi, where he has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic ailment at a hospital, a senior government official said on Saturday.

“The chief minister is likely to be brought to Goa in a special flight on Sunday from Delhi. The doctors who are treating him at the hospital would certify on Sunday morning whether he is fit to travel back home,” the official of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.

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If he returns to Goa, Parrikar will stay at his private residence in Panaji, he added.

Meanwhile, the Congress Congress on Saturday accused the BJP leadership of creating a constitutional breakdown and crisis of governance in Goa with its refusal to replace ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with at least a caretaker Chief Minister.

Earlier on Friday, Parrikar met Goa BJP’s core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.

He also reviewed pending development works and discussed distribution of some of his portfolios to his cabinet colleagues.

However, leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.

Parrikar has been ailing since mid-February and has been treated at different hospitals including those in Goa, Mumbai and the US.

Charging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership’s “sheer greed for power” has plunged the state into “deep dingy abyss”, Leader of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (Goa PCC) Girish Chodankar said at a press conference, addressing along with Congress general secretary Pawan Khera.

Khera said Congress President Rahul Gandhi inquired about the health of Parrikar and wished him speedy recovery.


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