Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, responding to a somewhat different question amid the raging debate on India’s surgical strikes, commented on Tuesday that he dresses “better than” his predecessors.

At an event in Mumbai, Mr Parrikar, 60, was asked about his sartorial style and whether it is too simple for a minister with a major portfolio.

b’A file photo of Manohar Parrikar|Source: PTIxc2xa0′

“I am uncomfortable in western outfits like suits. Compared to the previous defence ministers, my dress is much better,” replied the minister.

“And I do not seek votes over my simplicity like another IITian,” he added, in an apparent jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who, like him, is an IIT grad.

b’Arvind Kejriwal|Source: PTIxc2xa0′

Commenting on his shift to the central government in Delhi after Goa politics, Mr Parrikar said, “I came to Delhi only because the Defence portfolio was offered to me. Otherwise, I am more comfortable in Goa.”

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