After attending the IAF’S 84th Foundation Day celebration in Ghaziabad, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday will leave for Panaji on a three-day visit to his home state Goa. On Monday, he will address a public meeting in his home town of Mapusa, 9 km from Panaji.
BJP general secretary Sadanand Tanavade said: “(Manohar) Parrikar will arrive in Goa today. He will be busy in meetings tomorrow and on Monday he will address a public meeting at Mapusa bus stand.”
The visit will be Parrikar’s first since the recent surgical strike took out by Indian Army in Line of Control, killing around 40 terrorists.
Following the surgical strike, the state BJP in Goa had planned a grand welcome for the Defence Minister on October 4, however, the ceremony was cancelled as Parrikar has to take stock of the situation of the Baramulla terror strike, owing to pressure from Opposition parties.
Tanavade said the former Goa CM Parrikar would address the public meeting as part of the party’s campaign ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the coastal state.
He rubbished talk that the party on October 4 had planned Parrikar’s felicitation for the surgical strikes, and said a grand welcome for him was in the offing.
BJP’s election campaign was kicked off by party President Amit Shah on August 20, who addressed a meeting at Dr Shama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium near Panaji.
BJP has said that they are open to talks for alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) during the Goa polls. A senior BJP leader said talks of alliance may not happen during Parrikar’s visit.
“The talks are not on schedule,” the BJP leader said. MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar had recently told media persons that the talks of alliance are unlikely to begin soon, as the party was waiting for the notification declaring dates for the election.
BJP’s Goa Desk in charge Nitin Gadkari, during his recent visit, had said that the alliance with MGP would be finalised soon as both the parties (BJP-MGP) are not averse to fight the polls together.
Before his departure from Delhi, Parrikar also greeted the nation today on Indian Air Force’s 84th Foundation Day tweeting: “Our Air Force plays a vital role in strengthening our national security. I humbly salute its members & their families on the Air Force Day.”