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18/03/2019

PM Modi leaves for Goa to pay tribute to Manohar Parrikar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning left for Goa to attend the last rites of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who passed away on Sunday evening due to pancreatic cancer.

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning left for Goa to attend the last rites of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who passed away on Sunday evening due to pancreatic cancer.

The PM left for the coastal state after attending a Union Cabinet meeting in which the demise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) icon was condoled.

Meanwhile, thousands of people from across the state thronged the BJP office in Panaji where Parrikar’s mortal remains have been kept for tributes from party workers.

The truck carrying the 63-year-old Chief Minister’s body, wrapped in tricolour, travelled 5 km from his private residence in Dona Paula to Panaji during which hundreds of people tried to catch a last glimpse of the beloved leader who knew even the commonest man in Panaji by name.

The scene at the BJP office was of grief. People emotionally recollected the simplicity of the man who was the first IIT-ian in India’s history to become both an elected MLA and, eventually, a Chief Minister.

His body will be taken to Kala Academy for public tributes that will continue till 4 pm.

From Kala Academy, the funeral procession will proceed to Miramar, where Parrikar’s mortal remains will be consigned to flames at 5 pm. He will be accorded a state funeral with full military honours.

The cremation will be held next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, who was also cremated at Miramar beach.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, who reached Panaji on Sunday evening, offered his last respects to the mortal remains of Parrikar at the state’s BJP headquarters on Monday.

According to reports, Gadkari arrived in the coastal state to negotiate with regional parties and independent MLAs for the formation of a new coalition government following Parrikar’s death. But there was no breakthrough despite the meeting continuing until 4.30 am.

Parrikar passed away following a long battle against pancreatic cancer that left a visible impact on his health.

The four-time Goa Chief Minister also served as India’s Defence Minister from 2014 to 2017. He is credited with turning the military into a lean fighting machine with key defence purchases and policy decisions within a short time.

The central government has announced national mourning on Monday. The state government announced a seven-day mourning.

Source: The Statesman
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29/01/2019

Rahul Gandhi meets Manohar Parrikar day after his ‘Rafale audio tapes’ attack

The unexpected meeting comes days after the Congress claimed that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has the files related to the Dassault Rafale deal in his bedroom.

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A day after Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying that the “explosive Rafale secrets were in the possession of Goa CM”, the Congress president on Tuesday met ailing Manohar Parrikar at his office “to wish him recovery”.

The unexpected meeting comes days after the Congress claimed that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has the files related to the Dassault Rafale deal in his bedroom.

On Monday, Rahul tweeted that even as “30 days had passed by since the Goa Audio Tapes on RAFALE were released, no FIR has been filed or an enquiry has been initiated against the minister”.

“It’s obvious that the tapes are authentic & that Goa CM, Parrikar, is in possession of explosive RAFALE secrets, that give him power over the PM,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Meanwhile, Gandhi is in Goa since Saturday with his mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

After meeting the CM, he tweeted his visit was a personal one.

At a press conference held earlier this month, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala had claimed that a Goa minister revealed that the files related to the deal between India and France for the fighter jets are “in Parrikar’s bedroom”.

“Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has the all the files relating to Rafale jet deal. The fashion in which every procedure was bypassed…it is all recorded in the files. Those files are with Mr Parrikar. Why are those files being hidden?” said Surjewala.

He also produced an audio recording, which he claimed was between Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane and an unidentified individual, in which two voices can be heard discussing a cabinet meeting and the Rafale deal.

Read | Congress claims Rafale files are in Manohar Parrikar’s bedroom

Demanding to know from Prime Minister Narendra Modi whether that was why the government was not allowing an all-party parliamentary inquiry, Surjewala produced the audio recording before the press.

According to the Congress, Rane told the unidentified voice on the other side that Parrikar at a meeting of the Goa cabinet said that no one could remove him as “all the Rafale papers are in my flat, in my bedroom”.

The voice, which the Congress claimed is of Rane, is heard telling the other person, “You can cross-check with somebody you are close to in the cabinet. This is something he said, that means he is holding them to ransom… He said it is in my bedroom here only in my flat, each and every document on Rafale.”

The deal for 36 Rafale jets was signed between India and France when Manohar Parrikar was Union Defence Minister. Demands for his replacement as Goa CM, a charge he assumed in March 2017, have risen ever since he fell severely unwell.

Reacting to the allegations, Rane had said the audio tape was doctored. He further accused the Congress of stooping to such a low level to doctor a tape to create miscommunication between the Cabinet and the CM.

“Mr Parrikar has never made any reference to Rafale or any documents. Have asked him for a criminal investigation into this,” Rane had said.

The deal for 36 Rafale jets was signed between India and France when Manohar Parrikar was Union Defence Minister. Demands for his replacement as Goa CM, a charge he assumed in March 2017, have risen ever since he fell severely unwell.

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Source: The Statesman
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