Manohar Parrikar says Kashmir took a toll on him as defence minister

The former Union minister said that resolving the Kashmir issue was not an easy task and needed a long-term policy.

PTI April 14, 2017 22:57:03 IST
Manohar Parrikar says Kashmir took a toll on him as defence minister

Panaji: In a candid admission, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the pressure of some key issues, like Kashmir, was one of the reasons why he opted to quit as the defence minister and return to the coastal state.

Manohar Parrikar says Kashmir took a toll on him as defence minister

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. PTI

Parrikar, who sworn in as the Goa chief minister for the fourth time last month, also said since Delhi was not his area of operations, he used to feel "under pressure" there.

The pressure of the issues like Kashmir while working as defence minister in Delhi was one of the reasons why I chose to come back to Goa," Parrikar said while addressing a gathering here on the occasion of the 126th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar.

"I chose to come back to Goa when I got an opportunity to do so. When you are in the Centre, you have to tackle
issues like Kashmir and others," he said.

"Delhi is not my area of operations (and) that is why I used to feel under pressure," Parrikar said.

The former Union minister said that resolving the Kashmir issue was not an easy task and needed a long-term policy.

"It is not so easy to solve the Kashmir issue. To solve Kashmir issue you require a long-term policy," said Parrikar.

"There are a few things, which need to be discussed less... There should be less discussion and more action on the issues like Kashmir, because when you sit for discussion the issues get complicated," he said.

The BJP stalwart said that Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has been his "political guru" and
he would like to imbibe at least some of his qualities.

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