The Goa Congress today accused Manohar Parrikar of being a “part-time” defence minister and said that he was more interested in issues concerning the coastal state than matters related to national security.
“Parrikar is a part-time Defence Minister, who is always focused towards Goa and the state level issues. By doing this, he has been neglecting the issues of national interest,” Congress Goa spokesperson Sunil Kawathankar said.
“We will be writing to the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) stating that India cannot afford to have a part-time Defence Minister. The national security is of the utmost important,” he said.
Parrikar, a senior BJP leader, was the Goa Chief Minister before taking up his assignment at the Centre.
The Congress spokesperson said Parrikar should concentrate on the national security rather than speaking against Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch or former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar.
Parrikar’s role in the Uri attacks that killed 20 Indian soldiers have come for severe criticism with critics blaming him for spending more time on carrying out vendetta against actors like Aamir Khan than issues concerning the country’s security.
The former Goa chief minister was recently in news after he confessed to being a part of the BJP’s social media team, which carried out the dirty campaign against Aamir after he criticised the central government on growing religious intolerance.
(With PTI inputs)