Panaji, February 2: The Congress on Saturday demanded the resignation of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Congress legislature Reginaldo Lourenco said, “He should honourably resign or rather give charge to somebody. I'm not here to dictate terms, his party will dictate terms to him. But don’t go to assembly with that pipe in nose, all things coming out from your pocket. It doesn’t suit you.” The Congress legislator’s remark came just a day after Parrikar was admitted to the Cancer department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Friday.
He was hospitalised a day after he arrived at the premier healthcare facility for a check-up. The 63-year-old BJP veteran is reeling under pancreatic ailments since January last year. Meanwhile, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also hit back at the grand old party saying that the Congress’ demand for Parrikar’s resignation was a result of their frustration. Manohar Parrikar Writes to Rahul Gandhi, Says 'No Mention of Rafale Deal In Our 5-Minute Meet'.
Parrikar has been under rigorous treatment over the last 12 months. After returning from a New York-based medical facility in May last year, the former Defence Minister was hospitalised at the AIIMS in June. He has subsequently been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since then. After eight months Parrikar made a public appearance on January 27 when he inaugurated a 5.1-km bridge in Mandovi along with Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Parrikar, earlier in the week, also presented the State Budget in the Goa Assembly.