Parrikar meets Shah amid speculation of Cabinet berth

SansadTV Bureau

manohar_parrikarGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar met BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday amid reports that he may be inducted into the Union Cabinet.

There have been reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will expand his Cabinet before the winter session of Parliament and Parrikar’s name is being mentioned as a possible Defence Minister. He is also likely to meet Modi.

Asked about the speculation that he may be inducted into the Cabinet, he said, “I can comment on it only after meeting the Prime Minister. Let the Prime Minister who has invited me comment.”

Parrikar, who met Shah at his residence, left for Delhi in the morning cancelling a Cabinet meeting that was to take up the issue of mining lease policy.

According to media reports PM Modi wants to expand his cabinet before his foreign tour starting November 12.

If Parrikar becomes the Defence Minister, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza and state Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar are being considered the frontrunners as his substitute.

Haryana BJP leader Virendra Singh, a prominent Jat face of the party who has left Congress to join it before Haryana Assembly elections, also met Shah in the evening.