The Goa chief minister said, “I am a very optimistic person. I am not pessimistic. If I decide something then I have a strong will.”
“And most important is the strength given to me by people of the State and across India,” he said.
Parrikar said he got many ‘get well soon’ wishes, “which means people must have prayed in so many places”.
“That is also a strength,” he added.
Parrikar was admitted at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on 15 February after being diagnosed with mild pancreatitis and he was discharged on 22 February. On the same day he returned to Goa and presented the budget in the assembly, but the session was truncated to only four days owing to his illness. He was later admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital after he suffered from dehydration.
In the first week of March, he went to the US for treatment and returned to India last month. Parrikar said that when the doctors told him about his illness, he was ‘not scared’.