'Inspiring' Manohar Parrikar's photo with a tube running through his nose draws sharp criticism on social media; Twitterati tells netas to stop politicking

A recent photo of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, where the former defence minister is seen interacting with officials on a bridge, has drawn both criticism and applause from the media and the political circles. In a few images tweeted out by the Goa Chief Minister's office, the chief minister, fairly frail, is seen standing with a few authorities on a bridge with a tube running through his nose. The telling photograph was shared extensively on social media.

Parrikar was inspecting a half-constructed bridge on Mandovi river on Sunday in his first public appearance since he spent months in Delhi AIIMS over a pancreatic condition. He appeared to be walking with support.

He later inspected the work of a bridge over Zuar River near Agassaim village, some 15 kilometres from Panaji. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment has been recuperating at his private residence since 14 October and this is the first time he has gone out of the house, officials said.

Photo op or resilient?

The photo, which was shared on Sunday (16 December), was retweeted for former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah who remarked that Parrikar should be allowed to deal with his health than with the 'tamasha'. Abdullah said it is "inhuman" to force Parrikar to continue working and doing "photo ops".

Parrikar has been undergoing treatment in India and US since early this year and despite repeated requests to step down as the chief minister, the BJP leadership reportedly did not allow it. Reports had quoted Goa Forward Party president and town and country planning minister Vijay Sardesai who said, "Parrikar was inclined to give up the chief minister's post when he was admitted to a private hospital at Candolim. After that the BJP central leadership stepped in. It is not entirely in his hands." Another BJP source was quoted by The Times of India as saying that the top leadership did not agree to relieving Parrikar despite his illness.

Many agreed with Abdullah's tweet. Senior journalist and editor of The Print Shekhar Gupta said that it was not fair to expose him (Parrikar) to "stress and infection". He tweeted:

Political commentator Rupa Subramanya called the BJP desperate for hanging on to an "ailing minister":

There were several others who lauded the chief minister for showing resilience in the face of sickness. BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia criticised Abdullah for his tweet.

Along with messages of 'get well soon', many called Parrikar an inspiration:

Updated Date: Dec 18, 2018 13:38:55 IST