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Naidu visits Parrikar at Mumbai hospital

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visited the Lilavati Hospital here to enquire about the health of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment.

Parrikar is at the hospital since February 15.

“Both the leaders spoke for about 10-15 minutes,” a hospital source said.

Naidu was briefed by the doctors about Parrikar’s health, the source said.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the hospital to enquire about Parrikar’s health.

The hospital authorities have said Parrikar is “responding well to the treatment”.

“It has been brought to our notice (that) various malicious and misleading reports/rumours are floating around in the electronic/print media with regards to his health,” a hospital statement issued read.

Modis visit to the hospital had come on a day Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant met Governor Mridula Sinha in Panaji to discuss the situation in view of Parrikar’s ill-health.

The budget session of the Goa Assembly began on Monday.

The legislative wing of the Goa BJP, which met before the start of the Budget session of the Assembly on Monday morning, chose senior leader Francis Dsouza as the party’s leader in the House in the absence of Parrikar.

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