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Step down within 48 hours, protesters demand Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to resign

Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is suffering from pancreatic cancer and has stayed away for 9 months for treatment. 

 

Panji| The political turmoil in Goa reached a crucial point on Tuesday when a group of hundreds of people marched to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s residence demanding his resignation. The people demanded that Parrikar should resign immediately and a “full-time” CM should take over the governance in the state.

The march called by several NGOs and social activists was supported by opposition Congress, NCP and even the Shivsena state leaders. They alleged that due to deteriorating health of Manohar Parrikar, he is not able to discharge his duties which have affected the governance in the state.

Former Defense Minister and currently, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar is suffering from pancreatic cancer and has stayed away for 9 months for treatment.

The 1 km-long march called ‘People’s March For Restoration of Governance’, also gave an “ultimatum” of 48 hours to Parrikar to step down as chief minister. However, the march was stopped by the police 100 metres from the chief minister’s private residence.

Aires Rodrigues who was leading the march said that though people marched to the CM’s residence in protest, they had also come to check on his health condition. However, he warned of launching a statewide agitation in case Parrikar does not step down within 48 hours.

On the other hand, Jitesh Kamat, the Goa unit chief of Shiv Sena said that people of the state are praying for CM’s speedy recovery, but it doesn’t mean that the state administration should continue to get affected.

Expressing displeasure, BJP’s South Goa Lok Sabha MP Narendra Sawaikar slammed the protestors saying that some take pride in demanding his resignation.

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