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Manohar Parrikar Transferred His 'Josh' To Me, Says Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant

Parrikar, A Hugely Popular Politician Who Was Also Union Defence Minister Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Died In March This Year After Battling A Pancreatic Ailment.

PTI | Updated on: 13 Dec 2019, 11:19:03 PM
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant

New Delhi:

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said late Manohar Parrikar had transferred his ‘josh’ (spirit) to him, and this allowed him to work for “15-16 hours a day” after taking over the coastal state’s top post.

Parrikar, a hugely popular politician who was also Union Defence minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, died in March this year after battling a pancreatic ailment.

Speaking on the birth anniversary of the former CM, Sawant said, ‘Bhai (Parrikar) had asked the youth there (at the inauguration of a bridge on Mandovi river) how is the josh (a punchline of a popular film on the surgical strike after the Uri attack). He had further said I transfer my josh to you.’

‘Those were his last words. He actually transferred his josh to all the youth who were present there, including me. That is why I can work for 15-16 hours a day,’ the 46-year-old chief minister said.

‘What I am telling you is the truth. It is not possible otherwise (to work such long hours). If I was still Speaker of the Assembly, I would have said it is enough to work for eight hours. And then go to sleep,’ he told the gathering.

Sawant was addressing a function held to launch the poster of a biopic on late Parrikar, to be produced by ‘Go Goa Gollywood Productions’.

Parrikar’s brother Audhut and son Utpal were also present at the function.

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First Published : 13 Dec 2019, 11:19:03 PM