Amid Rafale allegations, Rahul Gandhi meets Manohar Parrikar in Goa
Congress President Rahul Gandhi met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today at the state Assembly complex in Panaji (Goa) and enquired about his health. Parrikar, who has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment, heads the BJP-led government in Goa. The meeting comes a day after Gandhi alleged that the "Goa audio tapes," cited by Congress to attack the Center on Rafale issue, were authentic.
Gandhi had also alleged Parrikar is in possession of "explosive secrets" that give him power over PM Narendra Modi. Gandhi arrived in the Assembly premises around noon, soon after the House was adjourned following Goa Governor Mridula Sinha's address, which was boycotted by Congress members.
After his arrival, the Congress president went to meet the chief minister in his chamber in the Assembly complex. Gandhi later went to the opposition lobby in the Assembly to meet Congress MLAs. He held a meeting with them for 10 minutes before departing from the venue. The Congress chief refused to talk to waiting media persons, saying, "I am getting late."
Leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, who accompanied Gandhi to meet Parrikar, said, "It was a courtesy visit to enquire about Parrikar's health. There was no discussion other than enquiring about his health." Kavlekar said Gandhi had an informal discussion with Congress MLAs in Goa as he'd be coming here next month. Gandhi and his mother were on a private visit to the coastal state.