Manohar Parrikar takes a dig at Digvijaya Singh, says thank you for Goa

Aadil Ikram Zaki Iqbal
In his farewell speech in the Upper House of the Parliament, Manohar Parrikar made a sarcastic remark on Digvijay Singh, after which Congress MPs rushed to the Rajya Sabha Chairman's podium to protest.

New Delhi, Mar 31: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday took a dig at Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in Rajya Sabha and thanked him for failing to install a Congress government in Goa despite emerging the largest party in Assembly polls. In his farewell speech in the Upper House of the Parliament, Manohar Parrikar made a sarcastic remark on Digvijaya Singh, after which Congress MPs rushed to the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s podium to protest.

At the beginning, Manohar Parrikar expressed gratitude towards the members of the Rajya Sabha and invited them to Goa. “I express my thanks to the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and members of this house for their support during my tenure as the Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) and invite them to Goa whenever they want to come,” said Parrikar. The Goa Chief Minister then added,”My special thanks to honourable member Digvijaya Singh, who happened to be in Goa but did nothing so that I could form the government.” Asked why he gave special thanks to Digvijay Singh, Parrikar replied: “I thanked him for his incompetence.”

In the recently-concluded Assembly elections in Goa, the Congress won 17 seats in the February 4 state assembly elections and emerged as the single largest party. The grand old party, however, failed to touch the majority mark in Goa. The BJP, which won fewer seats than the Congress, managed the support of smaller regional parties and formed government in the coastal state. The Congress and its senior leader in-charge of the state Digvijaya Singh turned mere spectator during the crucial political developments.

Digvijaya Singh has given notice for a substantive motion to discuss in the house the conduct of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, which is now pending for two weeks. Outside the house, Parrikar said there was no question of immorality in the way the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in Goa with the help of smaller parties and Independents. “Other parties supported us as they didn’t trust the Congress…It’s a coalition government and there is no question of morality of immorality in it,” Parrikar said.