Panjim: Ending his over three-month long treatment in the United States of America, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday evening returned to Goa, via Mumbai. Parrikar landed at Goa Airport at around 5.45 pm arriving in a commercial flight from Mumbai.
The Chief Minister, who has been ailing from a pancreatic problem since February, had flown to the USA on March 7 on the advice of doctors who were treating him at Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai. He spent more than 100 days in the USA during which he cleared files and issued instructions to the State administration and to cabinet colleagues.
Clad in a blue shirt and formal trousers, Parrikar arrived at Dabolim airport accompanied by his sons and his personal assistant Rupesh Kamat. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane was amongst those who were at the airport to welcome him on his return.At Dabolim airport, Parrikar waited till all the passengers from his flight were cleared and then walked through the exit amidst tight security. He refused to speak to the media but waved his hand before entering his car.
A tired-looking Parrikar had a conversation with party colleagues at the airport before heading to his private residence at Dona Paula. He arrived at Dona Paula at around 7 pm.
Parrikar’s return journey had begun on Wednesday from the USA after doctors allowed him to fly back. The Chief Minister had taken a scheduled flight from the USA to Mumbai, which arrived half an hour late due to which his office had to rework the connecting flight from Mumbai to Goa.
Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) claimed that Parrikar was given an option to fly by a chartered flight from Mumbai to Goa but he chose to take the commercial flight.
The return of the Chief Minister is expected to end the over three-month long lull in the administration. In the absence of Parrikar, the administration was handled by Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and the Chief Minister’s secretary Krishnamurthy.
They were guided by a three-member Cabinet Advisory Committee comprising of Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP), Francis D’Souza (BJP) and Vijai Sardesai (Goa Forward Party). The CAC’s tenure will expire at the end of this month.
Sources in the CMP said that initially Parrikar had expressed his wish to hold a cabinet meeting on Friday followed by an interaction with the party MLAs.
But the late night reports suggested that he might cancel both meetings.
Three days ago, the CMO had invited all BJP MLAs to attend a meeting with the Chief Minister on June 15 but there was no follow up and no venue was specified. [H]