New Delhi: Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal on Monday described as “insensitive” NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s remark that the late Goa chief minsiter relinquished his post at the Centre and returned to Goa because he did not agree with the Rafale fighter jet deal.

“This is yet another unfortunate and insensitive attempt to invoke my father’s name to push blatant falsehood for political gains,” Utpal Parrikar said. In a statement issued, Utpal said the Parrikar family was saddened to read Pawar’s remarks.

While addressing reporters in Kolhapur on April 13, Pawar had said, “The Rafale deal was not acceptable to Parrikar. He, therefore, quit as Defence minister and returned to Goa.”

Parrikar, who took over as defence minister in November 2014, was sworn in as Goa chief minister on March 14, 2017. He died on March 17 this year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

(With agency inputs)