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Parrikar may return to Goa during Diwali: Union minister

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, is expected to return to the state during Diwali, Union minister Shripad Naik said on Friday.

In Pic: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar

Naik was part of a Goa BJP core committee that met Parrikar at the AIIMS earlier in the day.

BJP's Goa unit president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar was also present for the meeting.

"We took a review of the governance in Goa during the meeting. The chief minister is expected to return to Goa from AIIMS during Diwali," Naik told media over phone from Delhi after the meeting.

Naik said the issue of allocation of additional portfolios to the cabinet ministers was also discussed during the meeting.
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"There was no discussion about leadership change. Parrikar is recovering and he will continue to be the chief minister," the Union minister of state for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) said.

Tendulkar said Parrikar discussed about the party's organisational work in Goa.

He said, later in the day, the CM will also hold a meeting with alliance partners- Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three independents supporting the government- to discuss about the portfolio allocation.

Parrikar, 62, has been undergoing treatment for his pancreatic ailment at AIIMS since last month.

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