Goa Assembly session to be cut short due to Parrikar's illness
Panaji: The Budget session of the Goa Assembly will be curtailed to three days from the planned a-month-and-a-half because of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's illness, Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said on Sunday.
Parrikar, who is being treated at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for a pancreatic ailment since February 15, would not attend the session, said BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar.
The session will begin tomorrow with Governor Mridula Sinha's address.
It was scheduled to end in mid-March, but now it would end in three days owing to Parrikar's illness, Lobo said.
The state budget, scheduled for February 22, will now be presented on February 20, the deputy speaker said, adding that the Business Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow afternoon 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. Legislature sources said minister Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party will table the budget as Parrikar, who holds the finance portfolio, will not be able to attend 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", he added.