Vijay Sardesai slams Congress for making an issue out of Manohar Parrikar’s absence from Goa

Goa Agriculture Minister Vijay Sardesai Tuesday criticised the Congress for making an issue out of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s absence and maintained that the state administration was being run smoothly. He claimed the Congress was trying to use Parrikar’s absence from Goa as an opportunity to revive itself after failing to come to power in the coastal state following the Assembly elections last year. Parrikar, 62, is currently undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment in a hospital in the US. He has been in USA since March and will return home by the end of this month, a state minister had said last week.In Parrikar’s absence, a three-member advisory committee comprising cabinet ministers is looking into the day-to-day affairs of the state. Sardesai, whose Goa Forward Party is an alliance partner in BJP-led government, said Parrikar has been monitoring the state administration’s functioning from the US. “I don’t think anybody is affected with the chief minister’s absence. He has been monitoring the administration in Goa from USA on a daily basis,” he said. “The Congress has to make some issue. Therefore, it is using this as an opportunity to revive the party,” he said. The Goa Congress had last month demanded the appointment of a “full-time” chief minister for the coastal state in the absence Parrikar, and staged a demonstration here in support of the demand.


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