Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena party slammed Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Friday over a video circulating on social media, where the Goa CM is allegedly seen talking about his desire to return to the Defense Ministry if he loses the upcoming by-polls in Goa. Criticizing Parrikar’s stance, the Maharashtra-based party said in an editorial published in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ that such a selfish comment simply shattered Parrikar’s image as an honest politician.
The report published in ‘Saamna’ read:
In the video, he has said that if he loses the Panaji by-polls, then it will not be an issue as he would again acquire the post of the Defence Minister. Such words do not present the Chief Minister in a promising light. Through his remark, Parrikar has not only shown that the post of Goa Chief Minister is near to nothing, but he also has portrayed that how easy it is to get into the Defence Ministry of India.
Pointing out that such statements from an important politician like him also insult the Prime Minister of the country who had appointed him as the defense minister, the article further added:
When India was facing difficulties at the border, Parrikar went on a vacation to Goa to devour fish curry and rice.
Taking a further dig at the Goa chief minister, the Shiv Sena also questioned the decorum and the authenticity of the position of the union defense minister. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janta Party issued a complaint to the election authority on Thursday against the fake news that claimed Parrikar’s return to the Center if he loses the Goa by-polls. The complaint has been filed against the violation of the code of conduct by circulating distorted and false news items.
It may be recalled that Parrikar had resigned as India’s defense minister and was sworn in as the chief minister of Goa on March 14, 2017.
The by-polls in Panaji and Valoi are scheduled to be held on August 23. Parrikar is contesting the Panaji Assembly by-polls against Girish Chodankar of the Congress and Anand Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch.