Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar dismissed Home Minister Ravi Naik’s allegation that drug peddlers thrived during his regime as chief minister as ranting of a desperate man trying to clutch straws in the wind.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle.com, Manohar Parrikar stated that Ravi Naik’s statement did not really need any comment as they were “foolish”.
“A common man claiming to have evidence of some wrong doing is acceptable, but a Home Minister making that kind of a statement is truly ridiculous,” he said pointing out that if there was evidence, the Police should have taken action against those involved.
Manohar Parrikar argued that Ravi Naik’s statement itself proves his incompetence as despite having evidence, his department has failed to book the people involved and therefore demanded that he should be stripped off the Home portfolio.
“We shall ask him to prove his charges on the floor of the house and the failure to do so would make it mandatory for the chief minister to strip him off the Home portfolio,” he said.
Manohar Parrikar claimed to have no knowledge of which Vaigankar the Home Minister was speaking about since the first name has not been revealed and put the ball in the Ravi Naik’s court to not only identify but also take action against the so called Vaigankar.
As for Roy Fernandes, he said a person by that name was on the staff of Fatima D’Sa when she was a minister and when that Roy Fernandes came to meet him during his tenure as Chief Minister, he had refused to even meet him.
“I have no connection absolutely with this Roy Fernandes and the Home Minister is either deliberately lying or has been misinformed about him,” he said.