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Goa assembly polls: Manohar Parrikar misses Goan food, but dodges questions on return to state

Amid Speculation That He Would Return To Goa Politics, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar On Saturday Kept Everyone Guessing By Describing Himself As A “party Man' Who Will Work As Per The Directions Of Party Leaders.

PTI | Updated on: 04 Feb 2017, 12:06:58 PM
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar


Amid speculation that he would return to Goa politics, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday kept everyone guessing by describing himself as a “party man” who will work as per the directions of party leaders.

However, he went on to add that he was missing “Goan food in Delhi” and people can derive any meaning out of his remarks.

“Iske bareme apko Aamitji ne kaha hai, jo kaha hai utna hi mai wapas repeat karoonga (I will repeat what Amitji (Amit Shah) has said on this issue). I am a partyman, let party decide,” he told reporters when asked if he would be the next Goa CM, if his party is voted to power.

When pointed out to his remarks that he likes Goan food, Parrikar responded, “I have lost four kg in Delhi, the main reason is food.”

“I have not said anything I only said I like Goan food. You can derive any meaning out of it,” he commented.

Parrikar, who was amongst the early voters at the polling booth in Panaji constituency, expected the polling to cross 85 per cent mark this time.

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“Initial reports indicates beginning of a very good turnout. I expect good voting this time like last time when there was 83 per cent voting. It may even exceed 85 per cent this time,” Parrikar said.
“Goa votes very heavy and this is a speciality that BJP has inducted in the politics of Goa to increase the voting.  Initial indications are good,” he said.

Parrikar said BJP expects the mandate with two third majority. Pollsters are saying that it would be a BJP majority. Everyone is predicting 22-25 seats, I will get better than that,” he added.

Assembly Elections 2017: Full Coverage

Noting that it is a four-corner fight in the state, Parrikar quipped “Out of four corners, three are very weak.”

“Except for four-five seats, MGP led combine does not pose any threat. This election will have 85 per cent voting.

BJP has contacted each voter four to five times. People are very enthusiastic to give certificate to the good government.

He said that this time BJP will be main focal point around which other parties are revolving.

Full coverage of voting in Goa and Punjab for assembly elections 2017 on Feb 4

Responding to a question about his camping in Goa for the campaign, Parrikar shot back, “Is it wrong to campaign? In democracy if you fall all the laws and guidelines, you can campaign.”

“I will be also campaigning in Uttarakhand, UP and even civic polls of Mumbai. Goa is my home. I am not criticising anyone for going to his home and campaigning there,” he said.

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First Published : 04 Feb 2017, 11:05:00 AM