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While it may be a bit early to predict as to who becomes the chief minister of Goa if BJP returns to power but what is becoming apparent is that Manohar Parrikar will not be relived from her s present role and will continue as India’s defence minister.
“He may have been made the face of BJP in the poll bound Goa but even if the party wins the Goa elections, Manohar Parrikar is “unlikely” to be relieved of his current role as the RM,” top sources in PMO told DefenceAviationPost.com.
Goa, where Parrikar, had served as a successful chief minister, goes to poll on February 4. Also the 40 member assembly elections in Goa are crucial for BJP and that’s why Parrikar has been involved in the elections.
Sources revealed that when Parrikar was assigned the role to help with Goa elections, a in-principle decision was taken by none other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Parrikar will continue as the RM despite his involvement in Goa elections.
Interestingly, BJP President Amit Shah also said last week that people should vote keeping in mind that the new chief minister will work under Parrikar’s guidance.
On his part, Parrikar says, “It’s for the BJP to decide on Goa’s CM candidate.”
“You have to interpret these statements. I have never said no to the party,” Parrikar told a national daily in an recent interview.
Parrikar is seen as no-nonsense minister in Modi’s cabinet and is appreciated for his straight talk on various matters relating to procurement and other decision making in the defence ministry.
South block sources also revealed that Parrikar has important meetings lined up in the defence ministry after the elections are over.
A Meeting of the DAC, as per sources, is likely to be held on Feb 6th. Also lined up are some major decisions on defence procurements and military reforms for which meetings have been lined after February 4th.
So while we await the outcome of Goa elections, the clouds over Parrikar’s continuation as Defence Minister have certainly cleared.