Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital for a pancreas-related ailment, can be shifted to the US for further treatment “if need be”, Deputy Speaker and BJP legislator Michael Lobo.
“We want him. We will do everything we can. He could be taken to the US if need be,” Mr. Lobo told reporters at the state assembly complex on Monday.
“We have begun reciting the mantra, which will continue for two days. We will continuously chant the mantra seeking God’s blessing for the health of our chief minister,” villager Rama Marathe, who is taking part in the recitation of the prayer, said. “We are sure that Parrikar will be back in the state soon as we need him. He is a chief minister, who is connected to the masses. He has touched the life of every person in the state,” he said.
Parrikar had visited Valpoi, a town near Dhavem village, during the Valpoi by-election held last year, which was won by BJP candidate Vishwajit Rane. In Vasco town, 40 km from here, United Taximen Association, a union of the black-yellow taxi operators working at Dabolim airport, held a puja at the Shree Damodar temple for Parrikar’s recovery.
Association president Sanjay Naik said nearly 400 people took part in the puja, which is currently underway. South Goa Member of Parliament and BJP leader Narendra Sawaikar and two of his party legislators — Carlose Almeida and Milind Naik — are also present at the temple. Meanwhile, BJP’s Goa and Mumbai unit will hold a special puja at a Ganesh temple in Thane district in Maharashtra for the recovery of the Goa chief minister.
We Pray and Wish Good Health to Mr. Parrikar.