Mumbai: Ailing Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday formed an advisory committee of three senior ministers who will run the government in his absence, according to an official at the chief minister’s office who did not want to be identified.
Parrikar was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital again for a check-up on Monday evening, this official said. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who heads a coalition government in Goa, has been ailing since 15 February. On Monday, Parrikar held meetings with his cabinet colleagues, BJP leaders, and state officials.
Later, BJP leader Siddharth Kuncalienkar told reporters in Goa that Parrikar would be out of Goa until mid-April and may even go abroad for treatment if advised so by the doctors at Lilavati where a second round of treatment would begin on Tuesday.
The advisory panel, formed by Parrikar on Monday, comprises ministers from three alliance parties—Francis D’souza of the BJP, Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Paksha (MGP) and Vijay Sardesai of Goa Forward (GF). Earlier in the day, Parrikar shared a post on his official Facebook page saying he had called Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and Principal Secretary to the chief minister P. Krishnamurthy “who were instructed on urgent and other important matters".
The decisions to call the two top bureaucrats and form an advisory committee follow criticism by the opposition Congress party that Parrikar’s prolonged absence and his refusal to delegate powers had brought governance to a halt in Goa.
Parrikar was first admitted to Goa Medical College hospital on 14 February and was moved to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital for a closer investigation into complaints of abdominal pain. He was discharged on 22 February and the Goa Chief Minister tabled the state budget for 2018-19 on the same day. The truncated budget session in Panaji was adjourned on 22 February.
Parrikar worked from home for a few days before being taken to Goa Medical College on 25 February after complaining of dehydration. He was discharged on 1 March and was attending to urgent office files and matters from his residence, according to the CMO official cited above.
Last week, several legislators from the Goa assembly, including leader of the opposition Babu Kavlekar visited Parrikar at GMC and told reporters the chief minister was responding to treatment and would be back to normal soon.