Goa Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho
Goa Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho

Rahul should not politically capitalise on courtesy visit to Parrikar: Goa minister

ANI | Updated: Jan 30, 2019 13:24 IST

Panaji (Goa), Jan 30 (ANI): Congress president Rahul Gandhi should not try to take political advantage of personal meetings, said Goa Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho in reference to his meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday.
"One should realise that when you come to enquire about a person's health, it should be limited to that. He should not try to capitalise that and say something on the contrary. When meetings take place one-on-one between two people, so many things can be said about each other," Godinho told ANI.
Subsequent to his meeting with the Goa Chief Minister, Rahul at a rally in Kochi said that Parrikar "clearly denied" any involvement in the new Rafale fighter jet deal "orchestrated" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "benefit" Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani.
"Friends, the ex-Defence minister clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal that was orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi to benefit Anil Ambani," Rahul said.
Expressing his reservations to Rahul's statement, Godinho said: "When we extend civil courtesies to each other, we may belong to different political parties, it should remain at that. One should not get politics in it. Now if big leaders start getting politics into such things, I think it is not the right thing to do."
The Supreme Court on December 14, 2018, had dismissed all petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal with France, saying that there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the deal. The top court said it was not its job to go into the issue of pricing.
The Congress party had, earlier this month, released an audio clip claiming that Parrikar possessed all files related to the deal. (ANI)