At a time bitterness between civilians and security forces in Kashmir mounting after an interval, former defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that the pressure of some key issues, like Kashmir, was the reason why he opted to quit the top job.
Parrikar was sworn in as the chief minister for the fourth time last month after BJP won the election, resigning as union minister.
“The pressure of the issues like Kashmir while working as defence minister in Delhi was one of the reasons why I chose to come back to Goa,” Parrikar said.
Speaking at a gathering on the occasion of the 126th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, Parrikar said that Delhi was not his area of operations and that is why he used to feel under pressure.
I chose to come back to Goa when I got an opportunity to do so. When you are in the Centre, you have to tackle issues like Kashmir and others... Delhi is not my area of operations (and) that is why I used to feel under pressureManohar Parrikar, Goa CM
He also opined that resolving the Kashmir issue was not an easy task and needed a long-term policy.
It is not so easy to solve the Kashmir issue... you require a long-term policy. There are a few things, which need to be discussed less... There should be less discussion and more action..., because when you sit for discussion the issues get complicatedManohar Parrikar, Goa CM
His remarks came at a time the tussle between Indian army civilian intensified in the valley.
In the past two days, videos have also surfaced on social media – one which purportedly shows CRPF personnel being roughed up, and another which shows a man tied up in front of jeep, allegedly by armed forces who used him as a human shield against stone pelters.
With inputs from agencies