Panjim: Goa Forward Party President and Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vijai Sardesai on Sunday said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health condition is far better than what it was when he was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, on September 15.
“The the picture that is being projected about his health is not true. Parrikar is much better now as compared to what we had seen him when he was discharged from AIIMS or even when we had a meeting with him in AIIMS with regards to portfolio and other State issues,” Sardesai informed media persons.
Parrikar, who was discharged from AIIMS on October 14, has been recuperating at his private residence. A photo of the chief minister on stretcher while being discharged from AIIMS had surfaced.
The minister said the chief minister is alert and sharp even in his illness and it was seen during the recent cabinet meeting, which was held on October 31 at his personal residence.
“There were three issues which were not on the agenda of the State cabinet meeting, though they were of utmost importance. They were long pending issues in the interest of Salcete people and I was angry that they were not part of the cabinet meeting, which was held after such long gap,” Minister said.
“I had left message to the Chief Minister through his OSD that I want to raise these issues during the meeting,” he added.
“And I was shocked that, even before I could raise the issue, the Chief Minister remembered them and took them up and directed the Chief Secretary to act accordingly. His views were even noted down as part of the minutes of the meeting,” Sardesai said.
Sardesai, however, conceded that Parrikar, who was workaholic during his tenure, is currently missing in action or immobile due to which there is impact on the administration.
“It is natural that when the Chief Minister is immobile or missing in action, the administration is affected. But we are there to take care of the gaps that are left,” he said.
Sardesai said, “Whenever there is administration lapse, we (GFP) would be there to highlight it in unconventional way, if required.”
Meanwhile, the minister once again ruled out the possibility of leadership change at this point. “The issue was there when Parrikar was ill. Now he is better. We were demanding for a permanent solution that time and at present Parrikar is our permanent chief minister,” he said.
“Parrikar is still in power. He is still the CM. He has showed that he is there (by holding the meetings),” he said.
Further ruling out possibility of early elections, Sardesai said he does not foresee early polls even as there are unwarranted voices raised in favour of early elections.
“Some people want elections, mostly those who are not position of power they aspire for. Some who were defeated want election…some, who are in the ruling party, who failed to get what they want, want election. I am in the government and I have got what I want. I don’t expect early election,” he added. [H]