Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday rejected the reports about his retirement. A day after the media reports that he was planning to take retirement from politics, the former Goa chief minister said he didn’t say anything like this.
“The reporter who reported this wasn’t there, so it’s his wishful thinking,” said Parrikar while denying the reports about his plans to retire from active politics.
According to media reports, Parrikar on Sunday had hinted at retiring from politics, while also admitting to a crisis of credible leadership in a small state like Goa.
Speaking at a function organised by the Lokmmanya Multipurpose Co-Operative Credit Society, in Mapusa town about 10 km north of Panaji, Mr. Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, also said that his attention would always linger on Goa and that if the state government veers onto the wrong path, he would endeavour to bring it back on track.
“After 60 (years), one has to think about retirement. I turn 60 on December 13, therefore, I had started thinking about retirement two-three years back. I have to intensify that, therefore, I don’t feel inclined to take up big responsibilities,” said Mr. Parrikar, one of the state’s tallest politicians.