Panaji, April 15: Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal Parrikar on Monday wrote a letter to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar over his remark on Manohar Parrikar. Describing Pawar's remark as insensitive, Utpal said that "This is yet another unfortunate attempt to invoke my father's name to push blatant falsehoods." BJP Wants Late Goa CM Manohar Parrikar’s Sons Utpal and Abhijat to Join Party: Official.
Pawar said that the late leader abandoned his post at the Centre and returned to Goa because he did not agree with the Rafale jet deal. Addressing reporters in Maharashtra's Kolhapur on Saturday, Pawar had said, "The Rafale deal was not acceptable to Parrikar. He, therefore, quit as Defence minister and returned to Goa."
In a statement, Utpal said that his family is saddened to read Pawar's remark. "This is yet another unfortunate and insensitive attempt to invoke my father's name to push blatant falsehood for political gains," he said. The former defence minister died on March 17, 2019, after battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.