A visibly ailing Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar made his first public appearance in months. With a tube inserted through his nose and needing support to walk, the Goa CM inspected the progress of two under construction bridges, one over Mandovi river and the other over Zuari River, near Panjim.
The Goa CM is suffering from a pancreatic condition. Since 14th October, he has been recovering at home after a surgery. Even while under treatment, Parrikar used to seek regular reports about government’s functionings and remained in constant touch with his deputies.
A senior Chief Minister’s Office functionary said Parrikar travelled from Porvorim to Merces inspecting the bridge, the third over the Mandovi. The bridge, which is expected to be completed next year, will connect Panaji to the rest of north Goa.
Parrikar alighted from the car at the site and discussed the progress of the work with officials of the Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation and contracting firm Larsen and Toubro, the CMO functionary said.
While the pictures of Manohar Parrikar fulfiling duties despite having a tube right through his nose, were received with admiration and respect by the people, it also attracted criticism from some with a opposition parties accusing BJP of forcefully making him work at such condition.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “He has a tube inserted through his nose into his digestive tract. How inhuman to force him to continue working & doing photo ops. Why can’t he be allowed to deal with his illness without all this pressure & tamasha?”
He has a tube inserted through his nose into his digestive tract. How inhuman to force him to continue working & doing photo ops. Why can’t he be allowed to deal with his illness without all this pressure & tamasha? https://t.co/iq0dwXCHmE
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 16, 2018
However he met with a retort from BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia, who accused him of trying to do politics over the illness of a person. ” How inhuman to do politics over someone’s illness This picture speaks a thousand words, it conveys the strong commitment of Shri @manoharparrikar ji for our country Feeling of serving the people comes from within but netas like you who eulogize Burhan Wanis will not understand,” Bhatia said.
Mr Parrikar has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months. The opposition Congress has been alleging that Mr Parrikar’s health condition and his absence from office had paralysed the coastal state’s administration.