PANJIM: Fearing threat to the life of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar following the leaked audio tape on Rafale deal, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has written to the President of India for enhancing security cover for the chief minister.
In a two-page letter, GPCC President Girish Chodankar draws the attention of the President Ramnath Kovind saying, “Your good self must be aware of the audio leak of the telephonic conversation of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, whereby he is heard telling the other person that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has Rafale deal files in his bedroom at his flat in Dona Paula.”
Further, he says that the Congress party apprehends that attempts on the life of chief minister Manohar Prrikar may be made to obtain the files by those who do not want actual details of the Rafale deal to come out in public domain.
“The corruption in the deal will be proved. Also, some prominent persons in the government are talking in hushed up tones of a maha-thug who is seeking to control everything,” the letter reads.
Chodankar adds that Rane is heard in the audio that Chief Minister is using the said files to hold the top BJP leadership to ransom to hold on to his chair despite his health condition.
“In the light of above scenario, on behalf of the Congress party and the Goans, I request the best security cover may be provided and existing security maybe enhanced to Mr Manohar Parrikar so that he is adequately protected from all apprehended threats and that he may be able to reveal the files to the nation without any fear and favour and concerned authorities before possible threat to his life or the files getting destroyed.”
In the same breath Chodankar also says that Parrikar needs to be given space to reveal to the country contents of the Rafale files which he possesses.
“Surely the security of country cannot be allowed to be compromised in bedrooms and accordingly foolproof security and cover and protection to the chief minister is the need of the hour,” he says.