Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (File Photo)
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (File Photo)

Apsara Reddy targets Manohar Parrikar, says unhealthy chief minister cannot lead healthy and happy state

ANI | Updated: Mar 07, 2019 19:06 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 7 (ANI): All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and transgender activist Apsara Reddy on Thursday said that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should step down as an unhealthy chief minister cannot lead a healthy and happy state.
Speaking to ANI, Reddy said: "Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is suffering from advanced cancer should step down as an unhealthy chief minister cannot lead a healthy and happy state."
It is worth mentioning that the Opposition had said earlier that Parrikar should honourably resign from the post due to his health issues.
"Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should honourably resign or give charge to somebody. As a leader, he should have some class. It is his own leadership quality which shows that what sort of a person he is. A leader who is not determined," Congress leader Reginaldo Lourenco said.
On March 4, Goa Cabinet Minister Vijay Sardesai said that ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is suffering from "advanced-stage cancer", but he is still working for the people of the state.
Sardesai recalled that he had attended a conference on cancer awareness as the chief guest and said, "Cancer is such a disease, it cannot only kill the dreams of an individual and his family, but it can kill the dreams of the state."
"There (at the conference), I gave the example of our honourable Chief Minister. We tied up with him and in no aspect of our political calculation we ever imagined that he could get cancer. So, it could have killed our dreams. But God is great and has given him the strength to carry on his good work," he added.
On Sunday, Parrikar underwent a check-up at the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), and was later allowed to go home as his health condition is stable, said an official of the Chief Minister's Office.
The Chief Minister, who was diagnosed with a pancreatic ailment, has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai Delhi, and New York since February last year.
Last month, he was admitted to the state's Medical College for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Dispelling rumours about Parrikar's condition, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had earlier said that the Chief Minister was doing well and his health condition was stable.
Parrikar, who has made public appearances, was seen wearing medical paraphernalia -- a nasogastric tube -- while attending a session of the Goa Assembly. (ANI)