Mumbai: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to leave for the United States on Tuesday night, to receive treatment for his medical condition. Parrikar, who was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, travelled to the United States late last night. He boarded a special flight from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The former Defence Minister had said in a video message earlier that he would travel abroad for medical purpose as advised by the doctors. It has been learnt that Parrikar was accompanied by his elder son and a doctor.
Earlier on February 15, Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, but was released on February 22. Parrikar was present during the Budget session of Goa Assembly. Later, he suffered from dehydration and admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital. On Monday, Parrikar was brought to Mumbai and admitted to Lilavati Hospital.
On Monday, before leaving for Mumbai, Parrikar had called a meeting with state’s chief secretary Dharmendra Sharma and Principal Secretary to CM P. Krishnamurthy. He apprised Governor Mridula Sinha earlier in the day about his absence from the country. In a letter, Parrikar also informed the governor about the interim arrangement of a Cabinet advisory committee to guide the state administration. The letter also stated that he would be chairing the meeting of the council of ministers, whenever it is held, through video conferencing from abroad.
He also informed that a team of three ministers Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP), Francis D Souza (BJP) and Vijai Sardesai (Goa Forward Party) will function as a Cabinet advisory committee.