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Manohar Parrikar discharged from AIIMS, condition continues to be critical

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

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 14, 2018 7:49:46 pm
Goa Congress: BJP not removing Manohar Parrikar fearing he may spill the beans on Rafale deal Manohar Parrikar was admitted to Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on September 15. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran/File)

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, whose condition continues to be critical, was discharged from the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi and has returned to his home state. He was brought to Panaji in an air ambulance on Sunday.

According to news agency PTI, Parrikar, who was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment,  was briefly shifted to ICU after his condition deteriorated.

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. 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. His failing health had sparked speculation over his continuation as chief minister of Goa, which was later dismissed by BJP chief Amit Shah.

The Opposition Congress, which is the single-largest party in the state with 16 MLAs in the 40-member Assembly, has been demanding the chief minister to step down owing to his prolonged illness and absence from the state. It has also claimed that not all is well in the BJP-led coalition government and has demanded a confidence vote in the Goa Assembly.

However, the BJP has asserted that its government continues to have the support of a majority of MLAs. Targetting Parrikar, the Goa Congress in a statement on Friday said that administration in the state stands “crippled” and that the meeting in Delhi was a “political drama… to project a picture that the government exists.”

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