You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Parrikar expects berth for Goa MP Naik in Modi ministry

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Goa BJP expects a ministerial berth for Sripad Naik, who won for the fourth time from North Goa constituency today, in the next government to be led by Narendra Modi.

"It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to decide who should be in his cabinet. But we expect that Sripad Naik would be given a ministerial berth," Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar here said.

"There will be no need to ask for a berth," he claimed, saying that Modi was pro-Goa and "everytime Goa has been lucky for him".

"Modi's selection as (BJP's) campaign in-charge for Lok Sabha polls took place during the National Executive in Goa," Parrikar pointed out.

Naik was a Minister of State for Civil Aviation in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government.

Parrikar also said that with Modi set to come to power in the Centre, the strained relations between the state and the Centre would "improve".

"For the last two years, we had to fight with the Central government for our reasonable demands," the chief minister said.

"Now definitely we can ask more for Goa," he added.

Parrikar said that the new NDA government should be given at least 100 days to settle down before the coastal state puts forth its demands such as the special status and package for those affected by the ban on mining in Goa, and takes up issues related to various notifications of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

BJP today won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa. Naik, the sitting MP, won in North Goa defeating Ravi Naik of Congress, while Narendra Sawaikar defeated Congress's Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco in South Goa.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, May 16 2014. 19:41 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU