Relationship with neighbouring countries sensitive issue: Manohar Parrikar

Lucknow: Maintaining that relationship with neighbouring countries is a sensitive issue, new Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said he would not allow the country to go defenceless against enemies.

"Defence Minister was defenceless against the press today, but I won't allow the country to be defenceless against the enemies," he told reporters here after filing his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Replying to questions, he said relationship between India and its neighbouring countries is a sensitive issue.

"I have become the Defence Minister I came to know around 11.35 PM. Give me some time, let me study. Relationships between India and its neighbouring countries is a sensitive issue," he said while replying to a question.

Parrikar said he will need some time to get acquainted with the ministry.

"My work is targeted completion of whatever is required to strengthen India through the defence forces. "Only due to my lack of information... because I was the Chief Minister of Goa, I was not the Defence Minister. I was not even in the Centre. Therefore, on this, give me a week to have a complete understanding. I will talk to the Prime Minister after that I will reply," he said.

"Unless I study the department properly, and it won't take much time... after that I will reply," Parrikar said.

Talking about the elections, Parrikar said he was proud of getting a chance to represent Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha.

"After filing nomination for Rajya Sabha from this state I am feeling proud. This state, which has given big leaders, which is the land of Ram-Krishna, which is the starting point of the history of the country... I got a chance to represent such a state, I consider myself lucky," he said.

He said he was grateful to the MLAs, the party and most importantly the people of UP.

"I assure that with best of my abilities, not only I will serve the nation, but also ensure that whatever my skills and abilities are, they are used to the maximum for UP. I guarantee this to you people," he said.

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