The CM was addressing the state legislators here at a special meeting convened to explain the landmark tax regime and its impact on various sectors.
"It has been three months since the change of the defence minister but we do not have anybody handling the ministry full time as yet. A nation as big as India not having a full-time defence minister amounts to toying with national security," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
Parrikar, who sworn in as the Goa chief minister for the fourth time last month, also said since Delhi was not his area of operations, he used to feel "under pressure" there.
"That is why we had decided on a policy to ban Goans from going to casinos. Lot has been done about it and in the days to come there will be complete ban on locals going to casinos," he added.
"Pakistan is playing a dangerous game. Pakistan should understand that if India starts retaliating then it does not have the power to fight back, whatever they may project themselves to be," the Goa Chief Minister told the Doordarshan in an interview which was aired this evening.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the state government is considering moving the Supreme Court for "clarification" on its order banning liquor along highways.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh Saturday sought an apology from Goa CM Manohar Parrikar for "cheating the people of the state", and asked him to thank Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for "aggressive MLA buying", thus helping him form the government in the coastal state.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar won trust vote on the floor of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Thursday, putting an end to the political crisis in the coastal state for now. The vote of confidence was ordered by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. This was after the Congress requested the apex court to stay the swearing in of Parrikar and his cabinet, which the SC rejected.
Parrikar, who stepped down as Defence Minister to shift to Goa, was sworn-in along with nine ministers on Tuesday. He has the support of 22 MLAs, two more than the halfway mark of 20 in the 40-member Assembly.
Parrikar's push for Made in India defence products saw tremendous response from global and domestic private companies.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony after the Congress, which had emerged as the single largest party, had objected to the Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government.
The Congress today moved the Supreme Court challenging Goa Governor Mridula Sinha's decision to appoint BJP leader Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister of the state.
Elections to the 4O-seat Goa Assembly had thrown up a hung house on Saturday with the Congress leading with 17 seats and BJP with 13. But BJP managed to cross the halfway mark with post-poll support from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three Independents and Parrikar was called to form the government.
Jaitley was given the charge of the Defence Ministry yesterday after Manohar Parrikar stepped down from the position to go back to Goa to become its Chief Minister.
Sources said that the leader of Congress in the lower house, Mallikarjun Kharge, along with some other party MPs, will move the motion while seeking to raise the issue and demand a discussion on it.
This is the second time that Jaitley is holding the additional portfolio of Defence Ministry during the present NDA government.
BJP leader Manohar Parrikar will bensworn in as chief minister of Goa tomorrow.
Despite being a runner-up behind the Congress, the BJP today pulled off a coup and staked the claim to form the next government in Goa in coalition with local outfits and independents under Manohar Parrikar, a day after the fractured verdict.
Sources told CNN News18 that the BJP central leadership will take a call on Parrikar returning to Goa as Chief Minister. The BJP Parliamentary Board will be meeting at 6 to discuss the issue
The main fight for the 40-member assembly, which went to polls on February 4 and recorded an impressive turnout of 83 percent, is between the BJP and the Congress.
The scheme that was running in pilot phase till now will be formally launched on April 1. To promote eco-friendly vehicles, the government has been offering incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles of up to Rs 29,000 for bikes and Rs 1.38 lakh for cars under the scheme in pilot mode.
The Maharashtra government today announced setting up of a Rs 1,000 crore fund for helping manufacturers in defence sector and said it expects an investment of USD 5 billion in this area in the state.
With an RSS affiliate-body vehemently opposing the NDA government's policy on Foreign Direct Investment, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said there would be no damage to the national interest and each such case was being viewed rationally.