Goa Chief Minister Hints At Larger Role In Lok Sabha Election Campaign

Goa Chief Minister Hints At Larger Role In Lok Sabha Election Campaign

Goa Chief Minister Hints At Larger Role In Lok Sabha Election Campaign 

New Delhi: The Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, hinted at a more active role in the campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and said that he would be making longer speeches on the campaign trail.

The Goa Chief Minister's announcement comes at a time when ruling BJP leaders as well as those from the opposition have questioned his ability continue as the Chief Minister and lead the campaign, in view of his prolonged treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer.

"I will not give a big speech. I will reserve those for elections," Mr Parrikar said at a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) booth workers, chaired by party President Amit Shah.

According to the state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar, the Mr Parrikar who makes rare public appearances on account of his poor health, was not scheduled to attend the rally, held at the outskirts of Panaji, but reached there in the company of the BJP President Amit Shah.

The Goa CM, Mr Parikar had to be assisted to climb the stairs to the stage and was accompanied by a government surgeon, who was holding an urinary drainage bag attached to a catheter.

Mr Parrikar's speech lasted barely a couple of minutes, in the course of which he tried to pump up the morale of the party workers.

"Let us all come together, forget small difference and let us fight to make (Narendra) Modi our Prime Minister once again," Manohar Parrikar said.

The former Defence Minister and the current chief minister of Goa has been ailing from advanced pancreatic cancer and was recently discharged from the New Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) earlier this week. Ever since he was diagnosed with cancer in February 2018, he has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi.