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‘Missing Goan food’: Parrikar dodges questions on returning to state as CM

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

assembly elections Updated: Feb 07, 2017 17:43 IST
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Defence minister Manohar Parrikar casts his vote at a polling station in Goa’s Panaji.(Twitter/@ANI_News)

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 prodded over his remarks on missing Goan food, Parrikar said, “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 said.

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

“Initial reports indicate the beginning of a very good turnout. I expect good voting this time like last time when there was 83% voting. It may even exceed 85% this time,” Parrikar said.

“Goa votes very heavy and this is a speciality that BJP has inducted in the politics of Goa. Initial indications are good,” he said.

Parrikar said the BJP expects the mandate with two-thirds 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.

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% 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.

Responding to a question about his camping in Goa for the campaign, Parrikar shot back, “Is it wrong to campaign? In democracy if you follow 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: Feb 04, 2017 10:07 IST