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Mixed feelings over Manohar Parrikar leaving state: Goa Archbishop

PTI 08 Nov 2014, 15:53:14 PM IST

Panaji: Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao said here today that people of Goa have mixed feelings over Manohar Parrikar leaving the state politics to take up his new assignment at the Centre.

Parrikar met the Archbishop before tendering his resignation to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.

"There is a mix reaction over you taking over as a union minister," the Archbishop told Parrikar during an informal meeting.

Parrikar also paid visit to three local temples.

"There was lot of pressure on me not to leave the state. But I had to take it in the interest of nation," Parrikar, told Archbishop Ferrao.

Parrikar's meeting with the Archbishop holds significance as local Church had stood by the party during 2012 state assembly election.

The BJP legislative wing had six catholic MLAs which is unprecedented for the party, earlier labelled as communal.