Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday took to Twitter to clarify his statement on retirement saying he is not thinking about quitting and will return to Goa only after finishing his “bigger responsibilities at the Centre”.
“My correct statement - At the age of 60, normally people think of retirement and perhaps I would have also,” Parrikar, who served as the chief minister of Goa from 2012 to late 2014 when he was inducted into the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government, posted on the social media platform.
“But I had to take bigger responsibilities at Centre and I assure you that I will come back only after finishing the task I am given,” he added.
My correct statement - At the age of 60, normally people think of retirement and perhaps I would have also. 1/2— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) November 30, 2015
But I had to take bigger responsibilities at Centre & I assure you that I will come back only after finishing the task I am given. 2/2— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) November 30, 2015
Earlier in the day, the minister told ANI that his statement was misinterpreted and that it was made in a “lighter moment about general retirement of a man in our country”.
“It has nothing got to do with my retirement,” he told ANI.
Parrikar had made the statement on Sunday while speaking at a function organised by the Lokmmanya Multipurpose Co-Operative Credit Society, in Mapusa town about 10 km north of Panaji.
“After 60 (years), one has to think about retirement. I turn 60 on December 13, therefore, I had started thinking about retirement two-three years back. I have to intensify that, therefore, I don’t feel inclined to take up big responsibilities,” Parrikar was quoted as saying by media agencies.
He had also said that his attention would always linger on Goa and that if the state government veers onto the wrong path, he would endeavour to bring it back on track.
“Finally, there is a question mark over the possibility of finding people with leadership qualities in a small state. But one thing I will say, my attention will be on Goa. And if the government in Goa goes on a wrong path, then I will bring it back on track. I can give this guarantee to Goans,” he had said.
(With agency inputs)