PANAJI: Dayanand Sopte a former MLA and probable candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party for the upcoming by-poll to Mandrem constituency, on Thursday said that he will sail through the by-poll if former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar contests as an Independent candidate.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Sopte claimed that 75 per cent of the BJP workers are solidly behind him and that he is confident of winning the by-poll.
Parsekar has said that he has started groundwork for the Mandrem by-election, claiming that all members of the Mandrem mandal of the BJP are fully backing him.
“Parsekar contesting as an Independent candidate in the Mandrem by-poll will not harm me. On the contrary, it will help me win the by-election more comfortably,” he asserted.
Sopte said that he has been in touch with a large number of booth-level BJP workers and will continue to reach out to the other workers who have not yet been contacted and convinced.
“I am overwhelmed by the support received from the voters during corner meetings. I did not get this kind of support even when I contested the 2017 assembly elections on Congress ticket,” he maintained.
He dismissed Jit Arolkar, who could enter the fray, as a new face.