A former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy have alleged that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of trying to “blackmail” the Prime Minister of India through the Rafale fighter jets deal with the aim to retain his post as the Chief Minister of the state.
While he was addressing at Congress concluding function of “Jan Akrosh” rally at Margo town yesterday, he made the statement.
Congress has organized “Jan Akrosh” rallies across Goa with the demand of “resumption” of governance in the state, as CM Parrikar’s health affected the functioning of the administration.
The demands for CM Parrikar’s resignation and said that he was “sticking” to the Chief Minister’s chair for a long “like a leech.”
In the presence of Congress leaders, including former Goa Chief Ministers Digambar Kamat, state Chief Girish Chodankar, Francisco Sardinha, Ravi Naik, and others, Mr. Reddy said that “he talks of morality, what morality is there of Mr. Manohar Parrikar sticking to the chair like a leech.”
“I know he is in a position to blackmail PM Narendra Modi… Is he blackmailing PM to keep him in the chair as chief minister? We need to think about it,” added Mr. Reddy.
Before taking the charge as state Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar was Defence Minister in the BJP-led Modi government’s Cabinet.
Reacting to his statement, BJP said that Congress was trying in vain to raise the Rafale fighter jets deal, which has already been cleared by the Supreme Court on behalf of the BJP government.
On December 14, the top court has given the Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and rejected all petitions seeking a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to register an FIR for accused irregularities in the deal.
It further said that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process over the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jets deal.