The Hush Post: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who left for US for treatment from Mumbai in the wee hours of Wednesday, is reportedly suffering from an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer, The New Indian Express reported on Wednesday.
The daily reported that sources in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and outside, and Goa Medical College and Hospital – both hospitals where the former Defence Minister was admitted – had confirmed cancer.
“It’s at quite an advanced stage”, said a source who declined to be identified, adding that there was “probable metastasis”.
On February 18, some media reports had mentioned that the chief minister was suffering from advanced stage IV of pancreatic cancer. At that point of time, the hospital had denied this.
Lilavati Hospital had said in a statement: “It has been brought to our notice, various malicious and misleading reports/rumours are floating around in the electronic/print media with regards to the health of the Chief Minister of Goa. We categorically deny all such rumours. We reiterate that Chief Minister of Goa is being treated and is responding well to the treatment.”
Parrikar was relieved from Lilavati Hospital on Tuesday. Currently, he is en route to the US for further treatment, details of which are not available.
“He is diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer of the pancreas… He has already been administered one round of chemotherapy when he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital,” sources at the Goa hospital said.
Parrikar had complained of stomach pains on February 14 and was rushed to the GMCH and later flown to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai the following day, which was then attributed to “food-poisoning”.
Soon after he was admitted to the Mumbai hospital, the Goa Chief Minister’s Office steadfastly maintained that Parrikar was suffering from “mild pancreatitis” and he was expected to be discharged shortly.
Sighs of relief were heaved when Parrikar returned to Goa on February 22 to deliver a truncated annual budget speech, but alarms bells sounded when he was again hospitalised on February 25 at the GMCH after officials claimed he suffered a bout of “dehydration” and “blood pressure”.
When the state Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade was specifically asked on March 4 if the Chief Minister was suffering from cancer, he said: “…we cannot indulge in detailed speculation. It is not right. It is not done to ask about personal life, is a wrong thing.”