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Manohar Parrikar discharged from AIIMS; likely to return to Goa

Parrikar has been ailing since mid-February and has been treated at different hospitals including those in Goa, Mumbai and the US

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New Delhi: Goa’s ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was being treated for the advanced pancreatic ailment at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), was discharged from the hospital on Sunday, an official said.

According to sources in the AIIMS, he was Sunday morning shifted to ICU for a while after his condition deteriorated. But sometime back, the administration decided to discharge him, the sources said.

Parrikar (62) was admitted to Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 15 September.

“The chief minister is likely to be brought to Goa in a special flight on Sunday from Delhi. The doctors who are treating him at the hospital would certify on Sunday morning whether he is fit to travel back home,” the official of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had said Saturday. If he returns to Goa, Parrikar will stay at his private residence in Panaji, he added.

Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik said that Mr Parrikar should have stayed back at the AIIMS and nursed himself back to health instead of returning to the coastal State.

“I have got the news. I still cannot believe it. I met him a day before yesterday. His health has improved over the last 15 days but I feel he should stay there for a few days more,” he said.

On Friday, Parrikar met Goa BJP’s core committee members and ministers from coalition partners at AIIMS to discuss ways to ensure his government functions normally during his absence from office due to ill health.

However, leaders of the ruling BJP and its allies, who met Parrikar separately, had ruled out any change in leadership in the coastal state.

Parrikar has been ailing since mid-February and has been treated at different hospitals including those in Goa, Mumbai and the US.

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