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Cong tried to grab power even as Parrikar was ailing: Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Wednesday accused the opposition in of scheming to gain power when then was fighting for life.

Addressing a poll rally here, Modi paid tributes to the late leader, hailing his contribution as defence minister, especially during the surgical strike of September 2016.

Parrikar died on March 17 after a year-long

"tried to push towards instability over Parrikar's health. When he was battling death, these people went to the Raj Bhavan, thinking this was their chance to grab power," Modi said.

During Parrikar's prolonged illness, the had petitioned the staking claim to form the government.

"The kind of statements made by the Congress when Parrikar was ailing were not in keeping with the culture of and of the country," he said.

Recalling his association with Goa, Modi recalled that he was chosen as prime ministerial candidate at the meeting of the in the coastal state in 2014.

"I have come to you when the country's tallest and my friend is not with us," he said.

The described Parrikar's contribution as as "unparallelled".

"The country carried out the surgical strike during his tenure. He laid the foundation for new India," Modi said, adding that the world realised after the surgical strike that can kill terrorists "by entering their homes".

"I am proud that with Parrikar, we could give a new direction to the country's defence doctrine," the prime minister said.

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 21:10 IST