06 May, 2021

"I Am RSS, So I Am Not Communal"

The BJP's triumphant CM, Manohar Parrikar, spoke to Outlook on the agenda he has set out for himself and the impact of the Gujarat violence on the elections in Goa. Excerpts:

"I Am RSS, So I Am Not Communal"
What accounts for your success in the elections?
People say we won by default. But I believe that we won because of the good governance we provided.

Were the Gujarat riots a liability?
Gujarat didn't have any impact on the elections. The Congress tried to paint us as a communal party who will kill the minorities. But the voters could see through the lie. My message during the elections was simple: you are not voting for the CM of Gujarat. You are voting for the CM of Goa.

The BJP was insignificant in Goa till recently. Is there any change in the outlook of society here?
I think there is a soft polarisation. And it's natural for the majority community to view me as someone who will understand their problems.

Are you are an RSS man or a chief minister first?
Why can't one be both? I am a staunch RSS man and that's why I'm not communal. What I have learnt from the RSS is to maintain justice. The RSS never taught me to be communal.

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