Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s condition is stable and he is recovering, a government official said on Wednesday.
There was speculation on social media that Parrikar’s condition was deteriorating.
Parrikar, 62, is recuperating at his private residence near Panaji since he was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
He has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment.
“Posts on social media about his health are rumours. He is stable and recovering,” a senior official in the Chief Minister’s Office told.
Union Minister Shripad Naik had on Friday said a change in leadership in Goa is a “requirement” “today or tomorrow” considering the health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
“We will have to have a change in leadership either today or tomorrow. It is a requirement. You all know that the chief minister’s health is not well but still he is working under such circumstances,” the Union AYUSH minister said on the sidelines of a press conference here to announce International Yoga Day.
While there has been periodic talk about a change in leadership in the state, the BJP has consistently ruled it out.
Goa BJP President Vinay Tendulkar had last month said that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will not resign as the head of the BJP-led coalition government, ruling out “rumours” that the former Defence Minister was likely to step down from his post due to ill-health.
Parrikar’s absence from office due to health reasons has triggered a political upheaval in Goa, with ruling allies stepping up pressure on the BJP to shed some of the top portfolios currently held by the Chief Minister.
The Congress has also demanded that due to Parrikar’s ill-health, the state administration had come to a standstill and has demanded that Governor Mridula Sinha should dismiss the government.
(With agency inputs)