Manohar Parrikar could be back in Goa within 6 to 8 weeks, discussing leadership change uncalled for, says BJP minister

Panaji: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, being treated in the US for advanced cancer of the pancreas, is recovering and could be back in Goa within "six to eight weeks", state minister Francisco D'Souza said on Saturday.

The leader of the BJP legislative party also said that it was wrong to discuss leadership change in Parrikar's absence. "He is responding to treatment. His digestive system is working and he's recovering, which is all good news... his digestive system is working which is all good news," D'Souza told reporters.

File image of Manohar Parrikar. Reuters

File image of Manohar Parrikar. Reuters

Parrikar was admitted to a New York-based hospital earlier in March for treatment. After being admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai twice since 15 February, he was flown to the US on 7 March for further treatment.

The Goa CMO has repeatedly maintained that Parrikar suffers from "mild pancreatitis".

D'Souza also said that discussing leadership change, when Parrikar is suffering from ill-health was in "bad taste". "It's in bad taste and uncalled for... No one should discuss on leadership change when the CM is taking treatment. Let's wait for two more months. He will be back by then," said D'Souza who is the seniormost BJP legislator and the Urban Development Minister.

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Updated Date: Mar 25, 2018 11:59:53 IST

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