Goa lucky for Modi’s political career: Parrikar

Goa lucky for Modi’s political career: Parrikar

Panaji, July 6 (IANS) Most of the major developments which took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political career graph have a Goa connection, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.

Parikar on Tuesday said the coastal state was lucky for the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as Modi.

“The announcement to make Modi the PM was also made in Goa. I remember it was in this very hall. We were sitting here when Home Minister Rajnath Singh made the announcement and everyone accepted it with tremendous enthusiasm,” Parrikar said.

Parrikar, a Former Goa Chief Minister, made the statement during the celebration of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s 60th birthday at Taleigao Community Centre hall at the outskirts of Panaji.

“I think the first announcement of Modi’s chief ministerial candidature was in Goa. It was a positive decision. I am talking about the Gujarat election. Ahead of the 1999 election, the national executive was held in Goa and the BJP won the election. The same thing happened in 2002 and we won the Gujarat election,” Parrikar said.

“In a way Goa is lucky for the BJP. It’s vote share has risen from 0.4 per cent to 40 per cent and then to 65 per cent voting in the last Lok Sabha election,” Parrikar said.

Tried to dodge elevation to NDA cabinet: Parrikar

Panaji, July 6 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had tried to dodge Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s offer to elevate him to the union cabinet, he has said, adding that it took him a couple of weeks to take a call on it.

“On October 26, I had gone to meet Modi to discuss the Goa mining issue and provide some financial help for the state. He said we will do all that, but he also asked me ‘why don’t you join the central cabinet?’. It was like a bomb dropped on me,” Parrikar said late on Tuesday.

The former chief minister made the statement in Panaji while speaking at the 60th birthday celebration of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

“I said I will think about it and slipped away. I had decided that I will not come back (to Delhi) for another two to three months. A reminder was sent to me again in four-five days,” he said.

“And finally it was decided on November 6 and on November 8 I submitted my resignation,” said Parrikar, about his journey to the position of the defence minister.

Parrikar was elevated as defence minister in November 2014, a few months after Modi took over as the prime minister in National Democratic Alliance government.

Parrikar was replaced as the chief minister of Goa by Laxmikant Parsekar.

Looters from Delhi trying to loot Goa now, says Parrikar

Panaji, July 6 (IANS) Taking oblique potshots at the Aam Aadmi Party and its political fray in Goa, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said “looters from Delhi” now had designs to loot Goa and were trying to rile Goans.

“Some Delhiwallahs think that after looting Delhi they can loot Goa too? They see an opportunity. They do not loot, their private secretaries loot. Their private secretaries look after the commissions,” Parrikar said late on Tuesday, referring to the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.

Speaking at the celebration of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s birthday late on Tuesday, Parrikar said: “They are trying to rile people in Goa. It’s not that those who can rile Goans, are in Goa alone. Many have an eye on the treasures of Goa and therefore Goans need to be careful.”

Parrikar, a former chief minister of Goa, said people both in Goa as well as Delhi are upset if he travels to the coastal state.

“The bellies of people living in Goa and Delhi churn if I travel to Goa. It pains some Goans because if I come here (in Goa), then the plans which they are hatching about defeating the BJP could be affected. They worry about that,” Parrikar said.

The AAP leaders and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been exchanging fiery comments over the last few weeks, especially with Kejriwal making two trips to Goa, which is headed for polls in early 2014.

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