Defence minister Manohar Parrikar got a “tongue lashing” from AAP on Sunday over his comments on Arvind Kejriwal’s throat surgery with the party saying he should concentrate on managing security affairs or make way for someone else in the key post.
The outfit, which has set its sight on taking on BJP in the next year’s Assembly elections in Goa, demanded Parrikar be removed as defence minister as he is “not concentrating” on looking after security issues.
“We urge Prime Minister Modiji to either ask Parrikar to concentrate on security of the nation or give this responsibility to someone else so that Parrikar could continue making comments on health issues of other individuals,” Goa AAP secretary Walmiki Naik said at a press conference in Panaji after 17 soldiers were martyred in a terrorist attack in Uri.
On Saturday, Parrikar had said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tongue had to be trimmed as it had grown long due to speaking much against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and him.
Kejriwal recently underwent a tongue surgery.
“On one hand the defence of our nation is continuously being challenged by forces working against the country, and on the other we have our Defence Minister sarcastically commenting on personal health issues of Delhi chief minister Kejriwal. This is unbecoming of a defence minister,” he said.
Naik said his party is deeply pained and shocked by the death of 17 soldiers in the Uri terror attack.
“AAP salutes the jawans for their supreme sacrifice and expresses solidarity with their families,” he added.