Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital on Thursday morning, arrived at the Goa Legislative Assembly to present the state budget. Congress MLA Isidore Fernandes had earlier informed the floor of House that Parrikar had landed in Goa by a special flight at 11.55 am today.
During his brief address to the assembly, Parrikar thanked everyone for their prayers and wishes for his speedy recovery.
“All the prayers have been heard. He is currently gone home. He has strong will power so he may present budget also,” Michael Lobo, Deputy speaker had said outside the Assembly. Security has been beefed up in the area before Parrikar’s arrival.
Parrikar was admitted on February 15 at Lilavati Hospital after he complained unease in the stomach. The Chief Minister’s Office issued a statement saying he was being treated for “inflamed pancreas”. The Prime Minister has also visited Parrikar in the hospital on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, a special mass has been planned on Saturday for Parrikar by “well-wishers of all faiths” at 11 am at Mary Immaculate Conception Church, Panaji reads a statement from the state government.
In Parrikar’s absence, BJP MLA Francis D’Souza was made the leader of the BJP legislature party. Parrikar had, in the days leading to the budget session, said provisions had been made to ensure the deficits were handled carefully.