Goa's health minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday revealed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is suffering from pancreatic cancer and is being nursed at home. Answering questions at the inaugural ceremony of an emergency care centre at Aldona, Goa, Rane said; "he is the Chief Minister of Goa and and the fact is, that he is not well. He has got pancreatic cancer. There is no hiding of this fact".
”But you know his present condition and he has been brought back from AIIMS and he is at home. Let him be peaceful with his family. He has that much right, after serving the people of Goa that if he wants to spend some quality time with his family, nobody has the business to ask. It is a question for his family to declare it. Not me,” he added.
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Rane further said, Manohar Parrikar’s “absence” has not obstructed any administration. “I have not found it. I have been inaugurating new projects and starting new projects… so let’s leave him. I have spoken to him even yesterday… so leave it."
The health minister's statements came amid Congress' continuing attempts to put pressure on the government to disclose disclose Parrikar’s health status and also come with a regular health bulletin. With the Chief Minister’s failing health, the party has now started looking for an alternative leadership, while the allies have also warned the ruling party to look for an alternate CM in a month.
(With IANS inputs)