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Will speed up my campaign soon for Mandrem by-election: Parsekar

PANAJI: Former chief minister and ex-Mandrem legislator Laxmikant Parsekar will later this week, accelerate his campaign in Mandrem, in view of the forthcoming bypoll in this North Goa constituency.

Coming out with this information, Parsekar, who is currently in Delhi to attend the two-day Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive meet, said that once back in Goa he would start his by-election campaign with a bang.

Parsekar, who lost the state assembly election in 2017 to Congress candidate, Dayanand Sopte, is now competing with Sopte himself for the BJP candidature, for contesting the bypoll in Mandrem.

Sopte along with another Congressman, Subhash Shirodkar had resigned as the Congress MLA and joined BJP, during mid-October, last year. He claimed to have assurance from the central BJP leaders about being fielded as the BJP candidate, at the Mandrem bypoll. Parsekar on the other hand stated that he is the rightful claimant for the candidature, adding that the entire Mandrem block of BJP is supporting him.

Speaking to this daily from the national capital, Parsekar said that neither he has appointment with any national leader of the BJP, nor has plans to speak to any of them in connection with the candidature for Mandrem bypoll.

“I will be returning to Goa after BJP’s national executive meet and immediately start my work in view of the Mandrem bypoll,” he added, stating that his supporters are all geared up for the same.

The date for the bypoll in the Mandrem as well as Shiroda constituencies could be announced soon by the Election Commission of India, as the by-election needs to be held before mid-April.

Although Parsekar has already said that he is not an “uddta panchhi” or a flying bird to jump political parties if denied BJP candidature at the Mandrem bypoll, it remains to be seen what step he would take in such a case.

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