The widening gap between the RSS and BJP could make our Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to return to Goa later this year. When Parriker was asked whether he was planning to return to the state politics, he told Goa news, “Yes, I will be back in three-four months.” Returning of our defense minister could actually get a twist in a Goan and national politics which may post cabinet to reshuffle. Read this report here.
Defence Minister Parrikar could return to his home-state Goa hoping to bridge the widening gap between the RSS and the BJP with state elections due in less than a year.
When the reports were already out over the last few weeks of Parrikar’s return, he himself on Sunday hinted everyone about it. Once the elections results are in on May 19, there could be suggestions of a cabinet reshuffle.
As the state was facing allegations of a non-performing government headed by CM Laxmikant Parsekar, BJP will be now hopeful for Parrikar’s return which may rejuvenate party workers further of the polls.
When asked by reporters if Parrikar was indeed needed to help the party ahead of the polls Parsekar replied, “You ask this to Parrikar. He has made the statement, how can I reply?” reply was strange and unacceptable.
Goa BJP President Vinay Tendulkar said while speaking to Indianexpress.com that the state unit would welcome Parrikar’s return ahead of the polls. Tendulkar said, “If Centre permits his return, we welcome it.” It was clearly known that Tendulkar was refusing to accept that the Parsekar government was performing below par thereby warranting Parrikar’s return.
At a recent event in the national capital, Parrikar, when asked by reports about his return, his statement was reported as: “As Chief Minister you are the King of Goa, while as Defence Minister, you are a Prince of a department” the statement was quite amusing.
A vocal voice in the state Assembly Vijai Sardesai questioned the role of the BJP’s high command in Parrikar’s return saying it was known that the BJP is soon losing ground in the state. When asked what he blames the loss to, Sardesai said, “the various U-turns of the state government, for which Parrikar is the party responsible as well as Parsekar’s failure as CM. One thing is very clear; they seem to be reading the writing on the wall.”
Sardesai said, “A leader that gets them an absolute majority is shunted to the Centre… It’s now clear that Parrikar did not become Defence Minister out of his own choice but out of compulsion.” He also added that the BJP leadership will owe an explanation for Parrikar’s exit if at all in just about 15 months.
This, perhaps, is not the first time that Parrikar has hinted at his possible return to state politics. Parrikar had said last month that, “all options need to be kept permanently open.” Maybe he had no doubts about making known his inability to adjust to living in the national capital.