The Hush Post: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is leaving for the US today for treatment for his “medical condition”.
In his letter dated March 5, Parrikar, 62, informed Governor Mridula Sinha that he has been advised to travel overseas for “specialised expert treatment” for his “medical condition”.
“I have been advised by an expert team of doctors in Goa as well as in Mumbai to travel overseas for specialist expert treatment of my medical condition. As such, I am likely to leave for the US,” Parrikar wrote to the Governor.
“I am thankful for all. In the last 15 days you have been praying for me and you have blessed me because of which I got well and to get fully cured I may go abroad,” Parrikar said in a video message.
“The way you have prayed for me and blessed me, I hope to get the same thing during my treatment there. I expect that you all will allow me a leave for some days from the state for the treatment,” he said.
Before leaving Panaji, he held a meeting with senior ministers at his private residence and formed a Cabinet advisory committee to take administrative decisions in his absence.
The Chief Minister first complained of ill health on February 15, when he was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, where he received treatment for a pancreatic ailment. A Goa journalist had been detained then for publishing a news report about the health of the Chief Minister. He was discharged on February 22, and on the same day he attended a session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, where he presented the budget and made a brief speech.
Three days later, Parrikar was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital after he suffered mild dehydration after which he was discharged from the hospital on March 1.