In a candid admission, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the pressure of some key issues, like Kashmir, was one of the reasons why he opted to quit as the defence minister and return to the coastal state.
Parrikar, who sworn in as the Goa chief minister for the fourth time last month, also said since Delhi was not his area of operations, he used to feel “under pressure” there.
“The pressure of the issues like Kashmir while working as defence minister in Delhi was one of the reasons why I chose to come back to Goa,” Parrikar said while addressing a gathering here on the occasion of the 126th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar.
“I chose to come back to Goa when I got an opportunity to do so. When you are in the Centre, you have to tackle issues like Kashmir and others,” he said. “Delhi is not my area of operations (and) that is why I used to feel under pressure,” Parrikar was quoted by PTI.
The former Union minister said that resolving the Kashmir issue was not an easy task and needed a long-term policy. “It is not so easy to solve the kashmir issue. To solve Kashmir issue you require a long-term policy,” said Parrikar.
“There are a few things, which need to be discussed less… There should be less discussion and more action on the issues like Kashmir, because when you sit for discussion the issues get complicated,” he said. The BJP stalwart said that Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has been his “political guru” and he would like to imbibe at least some of his qualities.
On the death sentence given to alleged spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan’s military court, Parrikar said the neighbouring country was playing a “dangerous game.”
“Pakistan is playing a dangerous game. Pakistan should understand that if India starts retaliating then it does not have the power to fight back, whatever they may project themselves to be,” the Goa Chief Minister told the Doordarshan in an interview which was aired this evening.
“But, we want peace. We do not want provocation. So they should send Jadhav back,” he said.
“First of all, they have abducted him. He was not in Pakistan. He was in Iran. Iran has said that the Taliban kidnapped him and took him to Pakistan. Pakistan has a habit of doing something or other,” Parrikar said.
“….(External Affairs Minister) Sushma Swaraj has given an apt reply — ‘we will not keep quiet’ (if Pakistan executes Jadhav). The country will do what is required. We can take care of Pakistan if it tries to do anything ill-advised,” he said.