While Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday took pains to clarify to the media that the Shiv Sena ‘Saamna‘ editorial which criticized him for his readiness to move back to the Defence Ministry, in case he lost the August 23 Panaji by-poll, was based on “fake news”, a Shiv Sena spokesperson in Mumbai told IndiaScribes.com Editor Flynn Remedios that the Saamna editorial was based on Parrikar’s failure as the Defense Minister.
“Saheb (Uddhav Thackeray) did not hit out at Parrikar based on just one news report, but on his overall failed track record over the last two years,” the Sena spokesperson said.
Not just the Saamna paper, but even Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray speaking to media persons alleged that Parrikar was a complete failure as the DM and that while the country was facing external aggression, Parrikar flew home to Goa to have “fish-curry rice”.
“If Parrikar wants a break, he has every right to take a sabbatical, but he must not do it at the cost of the nation,” Thackeray said.
In a strongly worded editorial in a recent edition of Saamna, which is published from Mumbai, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had attacked Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over his remarks on returning as defence minister if he loses the state by-poll. The editorial claimed that Parrikar recently said that if he loses the Panaji by-poll, he has the option of returning as the defence minister.
Parrikar is contesting the Panaji assembly bypoll scheduled on August 23.
Parrikar however rubbished these reports and said that the ‘Congress dirty tricks’ department was behind the fake news conspiracy. “You will hear a lot of bogus news until August 23 because the dirty tricks department of the Congress is a lot. They don’t have votes but they have enough people to create this kind of manipulated news,” IANS quoted Parrikar, speaking to media persons in Panaji on Sunday.
WHAT THE SAAMNA EDITORIAL SAID
According to the editorial by Saamna, Uddhav Thackeray called Manohar Parrikar a failure as a defence minister. Thackeray said that Parrikar must lose the Panaji by-poll and let the nation see if he really returns as defence minister.
Parrikar tried to reason out on Sunday that the article was a result of a misunderstanding, but the Shiv Sena spokesperson clarified in Mumbai on Sunday late evening that the article was not just based on one news report, allegedly circulated by Parrikar’s rivals, but was based on Parrikar’s overall performance as DM.
The editorial quoted Uddhav Thackeray as saying, “the misunderstanding that Manohar Parrikar is a politician with a clean image is bygone now. He himself has stamped his image as a self-centred politician. After failing miserably as the defence minister, he returned to Goa”.
“Parrikar’s arrogant statement that if he loses Panaji by-polls he will return to Delhi as defence minister has not only insulted the CMs post of Goa but has also degraded the defence minister’s post” the editorial said.
The by-election in Panaji and Valpoi constituencies would be held on August 23. The bypolls were necessitated following the resignations of BJP’s sitting MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar and Congress’ Vishwajeet Rane, from Panaji and Valpoi seats, respectively.
Parrikar resigned as the defence minister after the BJP formed the government in Goa. He was sworn-in as the chief minister on March 14 this year. He has to get elected to the Assembly within six months of taking charge as the chief minister.