Utpal Parrikar hits out at former Goa RSS chief for questioning his political credentials

first_imgUtpal Parrikar, the elder son of late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday criticised former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar for questioning his political credentials and for “criticising Parrikar for the sake of publicity in the national media”. Mr. Utpal, now working for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, said that while he and his younger sibling had stayed away from politics when their father was alive, he always considered BJP party workers as part of his family and he would accept any responsibility the party offers him in the future. “When one Parrikar is there, others had to stay and help in the background, and that was what we were doing,” he told the press at the BJP headquarters here. “Only my work will decide what kind of material I am made of. My people of Panaji might decide what kind of material I am. People of Goa will decide what kind of material I am,” Mr. Parrikar said.Considered political mentor of late Parrikar, Mr. Velingkar, chief of Goa Suraksha Manch, was sacked as Goa RSS chief after he had fallen out with Mr. Parrikar over the continuation of grants to English medium primary schools Parrikar’s government in 2012. Since then, he was a critic of Parrikar and his government.Mr. Utpal said that criticising his father often fetched his detractors space in the national media.”I do not believe in virtue-signalling to Goans through TV. It is called ‘click bait’ news. You click a news item on YouTube, then you appear on TV, then on newspapers by abusing Mr. Parrikar. He was a national leader, so the criticism appears in national news,” Mr. Utpal said without naming Mr. Velingkar. Responding to criticism to his political entry as the foisting of “family raj” by the Opposition Congress, Mr. Utpal reiterated that he and his brother Abhijat deliberately kept away from politics until their father was alive.Mr. Utpal is presently the front-runner to contest the Panaji seat for the upcoming bypolls on May 19, the seat which fell vacant following the death of his father on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar represented the Panaji constituency from 1994 till his death with a break from 2014- 2017 when he was inducted as Defence Minister, only to come back and form a coalition government in Goa after the 2017 State Assembly election and having won the Panaji seat yet again in a by-election.last_img

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