In Goa, it is either you or me, not aap: Parrikar mocks Kejriwal

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Bangalore, April 13: "Simplicity has nothing to do with delivering as an administrator," Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said while addressing an audience here on Sunday morning. The BJP leader, who attended the programme named 'India at Crossroads -- BJP's vision' organised by the Karnataka unit of the party at New Horizon College of Engineering, ensured that he did not bore the listeners with dry political talks on a lazy Sunday morning.

Parrikar, who spoke in both English and Hindi, stressed various points, from corruption to price rise to law and order situation during his speech and punctuated the political speech with funny anecdotes which he used to attack opponents like Arvind Kejriwal, Nandan Nilekani, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. His words that simplicity has little to do with administrative ability was aimed at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kejriwal, who is also an IITian like him.

Referring to Congress candidate Nandan Nilekani, Parrikar said the latter made a wrong choice at a wrong time. "He may land in the same situation like the Aadhar," Parrikar mocked Nilekani. The Aadhar card scheme was a major project that the UPA government had launched under the stewardship of Nilekani.

Taking on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Parrikar said he didn't understand what the latter says, adding: "I pity him."

On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Parrikar cracked a joke, saying "The latest joke doing about Manmohan Singh doing the rounds is that when one asked him to open his mouth to defend his critics, Singh said Abki Baar Modi Sarkar."

The Goa chief minister underlined his government's initiative in checking petrol prices and starting schemes for girls. "My government doesn't believe in populist measures. We started the scheme of depositing Rs 1 lakh for a girl when she turns 18 so that we don't face a serious social crisis resulting from a disapponting male-female ratio in Goa after 25 years," Parrikar said.The male-female ratio in Goa is 1000: 938.

Parrikar also slammed the UPA government over its scams, particularly the Coalgate, explaining how these scams were harming the country and turning it poorer.

Answering questions from the audience, Parrikar spoke on a number of issues like sustainable urban development (he said even the JNNURM had a story of corruption), corruption (through more transparent governance and less government), uniform civil code, tourism, stricter law enforcement, foreign direct investment in retail and BJp manifesto.

Parrikar said UPA's coal scam made the country poorer by crores of rupees

When asked what will be his role if Narendra Modi forms a government at the Centre, Parrikar said he could do anything except becoming a cabinet minister. "I have been voted to power by the people of Goa and I can't suddenly leave them in between," he said. The target of the dig is well understood.

Parrikar also refused to accept that Modi is running the entire show in the BJP. "If such had been the case, then how is Gujarat functioning even as modi is busy campaigning for the national polls," he asked.

BJP MLA from Mahadevpura constituency Aravind Limbavali and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

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