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Congress slams Parrikar's birthday bash plans

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Paji, Dec 6: The Congress on Sunday took objection to the proposed grand public celebration of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s 60th birthday, accusing him and the BJP of being insensitive to Cheni floods which claimed around 325 lives. All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar accused the Bharatiya Jata Party-led tiol Democratic Alliance government of using state machinery to collect “Rs.10-15 crore” to be spent on Parrikar’s “birthday bash”, to be held at the Gymkha ground in Paji on December 13. “At a time, when the country is reaching out for the victims of the Cheni floods, our defence minister and the BJP are planning the birthday bash of the decade which is going to cost around Rs.15-20 crore,” Chodankar told media persons at the state Congress headquarters here. “How can a defence minister celebrate his birthday in such a lavish style,” he said.

The Congress leader also demanded that instead of spending the money on the birthday, the BJP should spend it towards providing relief to the people of Cheni. The BJP, however, claimed that the birthday celebration was a much belated public felicitation of Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister, on his elevation to Prime Minister rendra Modi-led cabinet. Speaking to reporters, state BJP president Viy Tendulkar defended the party’s decision to host a public felicitation of Parrikar, who was elected to the Goa legislative assembly on five consecutive occasions for the Paji seat. “Bhai (Parrikar) is our seniormost leader. (IANS)

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