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Ahead of Goa polls, ex-CM Parrikar's son Utpal quits BJP, to contest as independent

Asked whether he would seek support of other political parties, he said the only platform for him was the BJP.

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Panaji Updated on: January 21, 2022 22:30 IST
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Ahead of Goa polls, ex-CM Parrikar's son Utpal quits BJP, to contest as independent

Highlights

  • Ex-Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal Parrikar on Friday announced that he is quitting BJP.
  • He said that he would contest as an indepedent candidate.
  • The ruling party has fielded incumbent MLA Atanasio Monserrate from the Panaji seat.

Ex-Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal Parrikar on Friday announced that he is quitting BJP ahead of the crucial assembly elections in the state. He said that he would contest as an indepedent candidate. 

After several days of bargaining and lobbying for the Panaji constituency, Utpal said, “I was left with no other choice. I have resigned from the party and I would be contesting as an independent from Panaji." 

The ruling party has fielded incumbent MLA Atanasio Monserrate from the Panaji seat which Manohar Parrikar had represented for a long time. Parrikar also said that resignation was a formality but the BJP will "always remain in my heart.”

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“It is a difficult choice for me, I am doing it for the people of Goa. No one should be worried about my political future, people of Goa will do it,” he said.

The BJP had offered him "other options" (constituencies other than Panaji), Parrikar said.

“I am fighting for the values which I believe in. Let people of Panaji decide. I cannot negotiate with my party,” he added. 

Asked whether he would seek support of other political parties, he said the only platform for him was the BJP. “If not BJP, then I would go for (contesting as) independent. I will not go for any other political party,” Parrikar said.

(PTI inputs)

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