Manohar Parrikar, famously known as Bhai in Goa had left the state politics (but not the state) at the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. Although Parrikar went to Delhi but his soul always remained in Goa. He was never away from Goa even for a second. According to the sources, Bhai is now having the plans of returning back into the Goa politics soon. Read the complete report here.
According to the news published by Indian Express, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was appointed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in 2014, hinted at returning to state politics to lead the state in the upcoming 2017 Assembly polls. Parrikar was speaking with The Times of India said that the wise political strategy according to him is to keep all the options open. According to Parrikar, regardless of the fact, that he is in Goa or not he draws all his political strength from the state.
When media asked him whether he will be contesting the 2017 Assembly polls, Parrikar used his usual witty strategy saying that “Such possibilities are never discussed, even if it is likely to happen because, strategically, if he says yes, he would get stuck, and even if he says no, he would still get stuck.”
According to the sources, although Parrikar is a Rajya Sabha MP from Lucknow but he is not happy with the life in Delhi. One can see him in Goa almost every weekend. He also seems to be complaining about the unavailability of the Goan food in Delhi. As I am in Delhi, I am almost like an ambassador for Goa,” Parrikar had said, referring to his attempts to get funds for the state. “Personally, I always love Goa, not just politically but also to stay. Delhi is like a foreign land for me as other than the ministry I don’t have any roots in Delhi and at my age, I don’t feel like developing new roots. Also, my ministry is such that it is better not to develop new roots,” he said, adding that he missed Goan food as “it is not the same taste there (Delhi).”
There are various speculations pertaining to the 2017 Assembly polls in Goa which is likely to take place in the month of February 2017. According to the sources, the present CM Laxmikant Parsekar is facing a lot of criticism for the ‘misgovernance’ in the state. The issues are pertaining to the educational grants, minning and casino operations.
Although the state BJP had office had earlier quoted that it would be Parsekar who will lead the party to polls in 2017, Parrikar chose to maintain tight-lipped about it, saying as of now Parsekar is the leader until the party decided on a new one, if at all.