Panaji:  Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said relying on intelligence agencies does not pay as most of the reports filed by them are often false. Parrikar was speaking at a party function attended by the BJP's top office bearers in the state capital.

"There is no need to rely on reports from intelligence agencies. The agencies send false reports anyway. Very often, they have even spoken to me before filing their reports. One can easily lie and those lies find their way into their reports," Parrikar said, criticizing the country's intelligence apparatus.  

He also pointed to intelligence reports which were reportedly given to then prime minister late Indira Gandhi at the fag-end of Emergency period which promised a thumping victory to the Congress, if she wound up the Emergency and went in for elections.

"She believed the reports and announced elections. We all know how badly the Congress lost that election...I would say India is independent because the Congress never won a big majority after the Emergency," Parrikar said.

‘1975 emergency most damning, not 2002’

Manohar Parrikar further said the Emergency, imposed by then prime minister Indira Gandhi is the most damning period in the timeline of India and it was a much bigger event compared to what took place in Gujarat in 2002, for which the saffron party is often targeted.

"The Emergency imposed by the Congress in 1975 was a much bigger thing than 2002," Parrikar said.

Parrikar has recently backed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the face of the party for the Lok Sabha election. Defending Modi, Parrikar also called the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat a result of ‘administrative’ failure, which happened at a time when Modi was finding his feet as Gujarat's Chief Minister.

Parrikar also said that it is Congress, which imposed the cult of dictatorship in India.

(JPN/Agencies)

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