Due to Parrikar’s illness Goa’s budget session to be cut short

Goa’s Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo on Sunday informed that state’s budget session will be cut short to three days from the earlier planned a-month-and-a-half. The curtailment was due to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s illness, he added.

Parrikar is currently being treated at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for a pancreatic ailment since February 15. South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar informed that the CM will not be attending the session.

“On the advice of his doctors, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be continuing with the treatment for (the ailment of) pancreas in Mumbai,” BJP MP from South Goa Narendra Sawaikar told reporters.

The CM was responding to the treatment but he needed “sufficient time to recover and be focused on the treatment… expert doctors are taking a good care of him,” the MP added.

The state budget was initially supposed to be presented on February 22 but the date has been preponed to February 20. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) will meet on Monday to take a formal decision on cutting the session short.

“The questions, which were supposed to be discussed in the current session, would be postponed to the next session,” Lobo said.

Sources have said that cabinet minister Sudin Dhavlikar will present the budget in Parrikar’s absence.

Legislature sources said minister Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) will table the budget as Parrikar, who holds the finance portfolio, will not be able to attend the session.

“We have no objection if the Assembly is curtailed to three days as the chief minister is genuinely ill,” said Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Committee.

Goa BJP’s will hold a special meeting on Monday morning to decide its leader in the house in Parrikar’s absence. Sources have said that Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik will also be attending this meeting.

Parrikar was taken to Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) on February 14 after he complained of stomach aches. Later, he was admitted to the Lilavati hospital in Mumbai. The doctors at the Lilavati have said that he suffers from ‘mild Pancreatitis’.