Despite suffering from a serious pancreatic condition, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday presented state budget before the assembly. The ailing CM had a tube inserted through his nose, but he still said that he was “High on josh”. “Today, once again I promise that I will serve Goa with sincerity, integrity, and dedication until my last breath. There is a josh, that is too high and I’m fully in hosh,” said Parrikar in state assembly.
This is not the first time Parrikar reiterated this line from the recent Bollywood hit, Uri: The surgical strikes. Earlier, during the inauguration of third bridge on the Mandovi river in Panaji on Sunday, Manohar Parrikar had begun his speech with the same catchy line from the recently released film “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, asking the gathering “how’s the josh?”
Meanwhile, Goa Congress spokesperson Sidhanath Buyao accused Parrikar of using illness to gain sympathy and leaking his personal letter intented for Rahul Gandhi, to the media. “CM your leaked letter to Rahul Gandhi states that you are fighting with life-threatening illness. So please take rest for better(ment) of Goy, Goykar, Goykarponn (Goa, Goan, Goanness). Are you using your illness to gain sympathy? Isn’t this power hungry politics?” Buyao said in his tweet.
Parrikar and Gandhi publicly exchanged letters to each other on Wednesday, in which the former accused the Congress President of drawing political mileage from a courtesy visit paid to the Chief Minister on Tuesday.
Moreover, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also met Parrikar on Thursday and said, “I had just come to check on him, how is his health, how is he feeling.”
The Chief Minister also said that during the courtesy meeting with Rahul Gandhi, no reference to the Rafale deal was made, accusing Gandhi of giving a political twist to the affair.