The condition of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is stable and he is under observation of doctors at a hospital in Goa capital Panaji, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said on Sunday.
The 63-year-old senior BJP leader, suffering from a pancreatic ailment for the last one year and recuperating at his private residence at Dona Paula near Panaji, was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) late Saturday night.
Mr Parrikar, who met State Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai in the evening to discuss politics and administration, was shifted to GMCH, almost four km from his residence, around 10 pm.
“The chief minister was under observation during the night. He is stable. Doctors will decide when he will be discharged from GMCH,” the CMO official said.
The CMO in a statement released on Saturday said Mr Parrikar was taken to GMCH for upper GI endoscopy (gastrointestinal examination).
“His health condition continues to be stable,” it said, adding he would be kept under observation for around 48 hours.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had gone to GMCH late Saturday night to enquire about Mr Parrikar’s health condition.
He later said the chief minister was kept in an isolated ward and that his condition was stable and he was doing well.
Mr Parrikar had fallen ill on February 14, 2018 and was shifted to GMCH, from where he was taken to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai the next day.
The chief minister returned to Goa on February 20, 2018 to present the state budget. He left for the US for treatment on March 3, 2018 and returned on June 14, 2018.
He then attended monsoon session of the Assembly from July 19 to August 3, and left for the US again on August 10 for a second round of check-up.
He returned to Goa on August 22, 2018 and was later shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at New Delhi on September 15. After almost a month-long treatment, he returned to Goa on October 14, 2018.
Mr Parrikar stunned everyone when he resumed his office on January 2, 2019 after a gap of two-and-a-half months.
On January 27, he attended the inauguration of third bridge on the Mandovi river along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari. He also attended the Budget session on January 29 and presented the state budget next day.
On the last day of the session on January 31, he was taken for treatment to AIIMS in Delhi and he returned to Goa on February 5.
Mr Parrikar also addressed Atal Booth Karyakarta Sammelan on February 9 in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah.