Army had conducted surgical strikes, but only after this bold decision was taken by our government: Parrikar
Our government headed by PM Modi has taken several decisions to boost the morale of the armed forces: Defence Minister
MARGAO: "I gave instructions to the armed forces personnel to shoot at anyone possessing an AK-47 machine gun as it is obvious that they do not have any good intentions," remarked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday.
Parrikar made this remark while addressing a massive crowd that had gathered for the BJP's election campaign 'Vijay Sankalp Mahamelava' held at the Government Multipurpose high school grounds in the Fatorda constituency.
Stating that 'the Army had conducted the surgical strikes , but only after this bold decision was taken by our government,' the Union defence minister further remarked, "after the Bofors scam in 1986 , the Congress government did not have the guts to purchase any new machinery. Now, 30 years later, approvals have been given for the purchase of Howitzers and self-propelled artillery , besides the contract given to HAL as part of the 'Made in India' campaign. Also, the Tejas squadron was successfully inducted into the Air Force. These are all part of the morale boosting by our government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has taken bold decisions like the demonetisation which has with one strike affected those who had looted the public."
Expressing confidence that BJP would win not 21 seats but 25 or 26 seats in the forthcoming Goa assembly elections, Parrikar urged the electorate not to repeat their 'mistake' of not electing the BJP Fatorda candidate that he claimed occurred due to 'miscommunication' as he took a dig at the Fatorda independent MLA Vijai Sardessai for his remark urging voters 'not to give a majority to any political party.'
Pointing out that this would result in an unstable government prone to defections, Parrikar alleged that 'only a dalal (broker) will benefit from such instability' referring to Goa's tryst with short-lived governments in the late 90s. Parrikar also accused Sardessai as well as two of Goa's former chief ministers - Churchill Alemao and Luizinho Faleiro of being the most concerned about demonetisation move and claimed that the public had welcomed this decision of PM Modi to curb terror funding and drugs trade.
Urging the voters to re-elect BJP to power in Goa, especially in the neighbouring constituencies of Margao and Curtorim, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar appealed that voters should not allow themselves to be divided as north-south Goa as he remarked, 'Salcete taluka is as close to me as Pernem taluka with both having a common interest' while referring to the banned sport of dhirios (bullfights) though he did not name it.
Defending the Goa BJP government decisions that have invited criticism, CM Parsekar highlighted various achievements of his government such as the Saligao waste management plant, third Mandovi and second Zuari bridge blaming the previous government for their delay in executing these much desired projects. "While the new Mandovi bridge will commence at Porvori and end in Merces, the new Zuari bridge will commence from Bambolim and end at the Verna industrial estate," divulged Parsekar.
Union Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Naik, Industries Minister Mahadev Naik, South Goa MP Adv Narendra Sawaikar, Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar and former Fatorda BJP MLA Damodar (Damu) Naik also spoke. Also present were Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral, former Margao Municipal Council (MMC) chairperson and present councillor Arthur D'Silva and other BJP office bearers. Fatorda BJP Mandal president Aun Phaldessai welcomed the audience.