Will miss Goan fish curry, says outgoing CM Manohar Parrikar

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Panaji, Nov 7: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is likely to become India's next defence minister, will miss fish-curry rice once he leaves for New Delhi.

According to an NDTV report, Parrikar, 58, an IIT Bombay graduate, is likely to reduce the burden on Arun Jaitley, who is now in charge of both the defence and finance ministries, after the top leadership deemed him fit for the job with his tech background and clean record in administration.

Prime Minister Modi wants Jaitley, who recently recovered from health issues, to focus more on the government's first Budget due in a few months, the report said. Finance is one of the key areas where the Modi government is yet to make big reforms and Modi is well aware of the high expectations.

But will Parrikar find the transition from Goa's relaxed-culture to Delhi's rush difficult? The chief minister doesn't think so. He said he is already a hard worker, the report said. But that doesn't mean Parrikar, known for his sense of humour, wouldn't miss Goa.

Parrikar, who is set to resign from the post of chief minister on Saturday, was in New Delhi on Wednesday when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and others.

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