Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has raked up the cattle class remark by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor way back in 2009, according to a Times of India report. CM Parrikar said that he has started travelling in economy class only after joining politics. He then took a dig at Tharoor over his infamous ‘cattle class’ remark. Parrikar then went on to say that the economy class was not cattle class as it was quite comfortable. Tharoor had said that he would travel “in cattle class in solidarity with all our holy cows”. Tharoor’s stinging remarks were seen as a criticism of Congress-led UPA government’s cost-cutting measures in 2009. Parrikar also advised politicians to live a common man’s life. He said that after joining politics, he had shelved dreams of luxurious life which he had during his academic stint at IIT-Mumbai.
Meanwhile, in the backdrop of allegations of police-drug peddler nexus in the state, Parrikar in a letter written to all the legislators has asked them to desist from making statements which are demoralising for the police force. Parrikar has said that any information about the drug activity in the state known to the legislators should be informed to him so that strict action can be initiated, according to PTI report.
Congress party has taken strong objection to Parrikar’s letter claiming it as “censorship on the MLAs.” “It has been observed that some of the MLA’s are making public statements regarding availability of drugs and nexus between the drug peddlers and some police officials,” the chief minister has said in a letter, copy of which is with PTI.