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RSS teaches nation comes before party: Goa CM’s wife

Panaji, March 19 (IANS) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) training has taught us that nation comes before the party, newly appointed Goa Chief Minister’s wife Sulakshana said on Tuesday.

She said that her husband Sawant is suitable for the new top “job” because he proved himself well in past assignments as the Speaker of the Assembly and as the head of a major government corporation, giving the analogy of a young person facing a job interview who is asked about job experience.

“When we come from the Sangh, then for us the country comes before party. This sentiment of keeping nation first is taught to us by RSS. When someone does social work with this sentiment in mind or enters politics, this is the principle, that the nation should come first in whatever work we do,” Sawant told reporters on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony early on Tuesday at Raj Bhavan.

Sulakshana heads the BJP Mahila Morcha, the women’s wing of the party, in Goa.

She described Sawant, 45, as “a very methodical person”.

“He sees to it that 24 hours of the day are fully utilized, along with some time for rest. But he sees to it that not a minute goes waste. And he is always planned,” she said.

Asked how Sawant would perform in his new position, Sulakshana said: “When someone goes seeking for a job, the first question the person is asked is what is your experience? But when someone actually gives a job, that is when the person will get experience.”

Sulakshana said that when Sawant was first elected MLA in 2012, he was given the responsibility of heading the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corp and in 2017 was appointed the Speaker — and he performed well in both the assignments.

“Perhaps he fulfilled those challenges well, therefore, he has been given the responsibility for Chief Ministership by the MLAs,” she said.

Sawant was sworn in as Goa’s 11th Chief Minister on Tuesday, two days after the death of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.




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