PANAJI: The BJP spokesperson and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral said chief minister Manohar Parrikar is returning to Goa on June 15. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Cabral said a lot of issues that have been pending for a while will be redressed after discussion with Parrikar. The Goa chief minister is in US for treatment.
Responding to questions about steps to restart mining in Goa which came to a standstill since mid-March, Cabral said they will hold discussion with chief minister on this issue, even as it has been decided to file an intervention application in Supreme Court.
In another developement, a memo by Goa’s home department that mentioned Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who’s undergoing treatment in the US, would be present at an event on June 18 in the coastal state, has been denied by the BJP.
The memorandum mentions the schedule of the event, Revolution Day, at the Martyr’s Memorial in Panaji where the chief minister would arrive.
“Arrival of honourable Chief Minister. He will be received by Chief Secretary and Director General of Police,” the memorandum states, also listing Mr Parrikar’s speech at 9:25 am.
Mr Parrikar, 62, is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic disease at a New York hospital. The former defence minister had been hospitalised thrice before he was taken to the US. While in India, he was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital and Goa Medical College.
Although BJP claims he is likely to arrive in Goa later this month, similar assurances made by BJP leaders in the last three months haven’t come through.
In his absence, a three-member ministerial committee is running the BJP-led coalition government in Goa.
Mr Parrikar will not return to Goa by June 18, a senior BJP leader told news agency IANS. “We are not aware of his return to Goa. As far as we know, there are some tests which are expected to be conducted later this month. But as far as the party is concerned, he will not be in Goa to attend the June 18 function,” said the leader who asked not to be named.