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Parrikar hints at larger role in LS poll campaign

IANS  |  Panaji 

Hinting at a more active role in the campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Parrikar on Saturday said he would be making longer speeches on campaign trail.

The announcement comes at a time when ruling BJP leaders as well as those from the Opposition have questioned his ability continue as the and lead the campaign, in view of his prolonged treatment for advanced pancreatic

"I will not give a big speech. I will reserve those for elections," said Parrikar at a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) booth workers, chaired by Amit Shah, on Saturday.

According to state Vinay Tendulkar, Parrikar who makes rare public appearances on account of his poor health, was not scheduled to attend the rally, held at the outskirts of Panaji, but reached there in the company of Shah.

Parrikar had to be assisted to climb the stairs to the stage and was accompanied by a government surgeon, who was holding urinary bag attached to a

The spoke for a barely a couple of minutes, in course of which he tried to pump up the morale of the party workers.

"Let us all come together, forget small difference and let us fight to make (Narendra) Modi our once again," Parrikar said.

Parrikar has been ailing from advanced pancreatic and was recently discharged from the New Delhi-based All (AIIMS) earlier this week. He has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, and Delhi, ever since he was diagnosed with in February 2018.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 21:14 IST