Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at Delhi AIIMS

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was flown to New Delhi for treatment at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Saturday afternoon. Parrikar, who suffers from a pancreatic ailment, is being examined by a team of doctors.

A special flight was arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office after conversations between state and central government leaders. Parrikar had returned to Goa on September 6 after his third visit to the USA and had to be, almost immediately, admitted again at a private hospital in north Goa’s Candolim village, 10 km from here. “His health condition is not good… We have to hope for the best,” BJP lawmaker Michael Lobo, one of the many who had called on the chief minister before he was flown to Delhi, told HT. Lobo said the ailing chief minister had “given the go-ahead to (temporarily) redistribute his portfolios among other ministers,” Lobo, the deputy speaker of the assembly, said. Many of them could temporarily go to Sudin Dhavalikar, the public works minister and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a BJP leader said.

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