Indirectly hits out at Rahul Gandhi on similar grounds
PANJIM: Days after claiming that criticising his father had become a fashion, former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal has hit out against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar for ‘insensitive’ remarks against the Goa’s legendary leader.
In a two-page letter shot to Pawar, Utpal has slammed the NCP leader and also asked fellow countrymen to allow them to grieve in peace after the death of his father.
Pawar, had recently criticised PM Modi when he told mediapersons in Kolhapur that Parrikar had resigned as the Union Defence Minister as “the Rafale deal was not acceptable to him.”
“This is yet another unfortunate and insensitive attempt to invoke my (late) father’s name to push blatant falsehood for political gains. My family and I were extremely saddened to read your remark,” said Utpal.
Indirectly hitting out at Rahul Gandhi’s meet with Parrikar in Goa , Utpal said “even when my father was alive and courageously fighting his illness, certain political leaders dragged his name for petty politics. That time, my father had given a fitting reply to such insinuations and innuendo”. He added that as his father is not there anymore, opponents using his name and spreading lies. Further, he said being a senior and respected politician, the people of India did not expect such a statement from him.
“But, now that you have made this statement, let me once again state the basic facts. My father was an honest, upright individual who worked in the best interest of the country, be it in Delhi or in Goa,” he added.
Utpal added that by all accounts, his father did an excellent job as the Defence Minister. “Many historic decisions were taken by him; for which he will be remembered forever. One of them was the Rafale fighter aircraft acquisition deal, of which, he was one of the chief architects,” he said.
“Later, when the people of Goa wanted him to come back to serve them, Parrikar, dutifully came back and served Goa till his last breath. It is an insult to the love between the people of Goa and Parrikar to falsely suggest that he came back due to Rafale acquisition,”he added.