Goa Congress complains to PM about Parrikar birthday bash

Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) The controversy surrounding Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s mega birthday bash reached Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s door, with the Congress appealing to him to intervene and stop the celebrations, in light of lives lost due to the Chennai floods.


A delegation of party’s Goa leaders, led by general secretary Sunil Kawthankar, on Tuesday travelled to New Delhi and handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office.

“At a time when there is a high alert along the LoC and the country stands in solemn solidarity with the families of Chennai flood victims and those whose lives are wrecked because of the deluge, it is unfortunate that Parrikar and the BJP’s Goa unit decides to organise this mega birthday bash,” Kawthankar said in the memorandum.

“We have also said that it was unfortunate that we had to knock on the PM’s door. But we had to take the step because the Goa BJP unit has stubbornly decided to go ahead with the birthday celebrations, inspite of our protests,” Kawthankar told IANS over the phone.

“Modiji has been preaching about the importance of simplicity in life. This mega birthday celebration, especially at a time when the nation is grieving for Chennai and our soldiers like Colonel Santosh Mahadik are dying is just so wrong and not in sync with the Prime Minister’s publicly stated principles,” he said.

Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders have claimed that nearly 50,000 guests are expected to attend the 60th birthday celebrations of Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, here on December 13.

The Congress has alleged that nearly Rs.15-20 crore are expected to be spent by the BJP for the celebrations, while the BJP has insisted that the cost for the celebration is negligible.


  1. Modiji’s preaching of simplicity is a political rhetoric. At the time magazine interview in December 2014, very emotionally he was talking about his days of poverty and selling tea in his father’s tea shop. But, his custom dress costs a lot of money, while he was in UAE for two days, very urgently his chef was flown to UAE to prepare his home-made food.

    50,000 guests for birthday celebration, and the tax payers will have to spend Rs. 15-20 crore. Arun Jaitley reduced the budgeting of healthcare 20% and the Women and Child development 50%.

    India will be sinking into more problems having this Government of super luxury through discarding the suffering masses of India.

  2. Dear reader ,

    In the BJP had marked the birthday of Ms Mayawati as ‘Suhag Bachao, Laaj Bachao’ Diwas. The BJP has given a call to collect donations and give them to Mayawati to celebrate her birthday.

    PM Modi’s ‘Lunch Pe Charcha’ With Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden which the party has raised the voice of misappropriation on her birthday.Further, with her 11 MPs in Rajya Sabha, she is crucial link to BJP plans to sail their reform agenda.Tamil Nadu votes for a new Assembly in 2016, and PM Modi’s BJP has been looking to spread its influence in the southern state.Besides the ones related to wealth and income tax, defamation and election petition (later cleared), the two important cases where the Rs66.65 crore disproportionate assets case and the ‘gifts case’ — which charged her of accepting demand drafts worth Rs 1.48 crore on her birthday in 1992.

    Dina Nath Batra doesn’t like birthday candles and cakes. One of the textbooks this right-wing activist has got the Gujarat government to foist on its students states that blowing out candles is not a good omen in India. Instead birthdays should be celebrated by avowedly nationalist actions like reciting the Gayatri Mantra, feeding cows, distributing prasad and playing songs from Vidya Bharati, the schools run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

    RSS members never do, for Hindu tradition talks of diya jalao, never diya bujhao.”.But it comes to political compulsion to BJP members,it uses knife to cut and blow the candles to have bash in western style.

    Jai Hind

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