Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons celebrated his 63rd birthday on Thursday by offering prayers at a popular temple here.
Parrikar’s sons were accompanied by former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar and several other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers to the Mahalaxmi temple, after which a blood donation camp was organised at the party’s state headquarters here.
“Holding a blood donation camp is our Chief Minister’s tradition on his birthday. We are following it,” Kuncalienkar told the media.
Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has not moved out of his private residence since October 14, was however not present.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah also wished Parrikar on Twitter.
Birthday greetings to my friend and Goa’s CM @manoharparrikar Ji.
Parrikar Ji is known for his compassionate, down to earth and hardworking nature. He is extremely passionate about Goa’s development.
The entire nation prays for Parrikar Ji’s good health.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 13, 2018
“Wishing a very happy birthday to the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri @manoharparrikar ji. His passion and commitment towards the development of Goa is truly great, I pray for his good health,” Shah tweeted.
Wishing a very happy birthday to the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri @manoharparrikar ji. His passion and commitment towards the development of Goa is truly great, I pray for his good health.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 13, 2018
State Congress president Girish Chodankar also wished the Chief Minister “good health”.