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Sopte’s victory casts shadow on Parsekar’s political future

Panaji: The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mandrem candidate Dayanand Sopte has now put a question mark on the political future of the senior BJP leader and the former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Sopte, who had defected from Congress to BJP in October 2018, was given the BJP ticket for by-poll in Mandrem constituency, which was previously represented by Parsekar for a number of terms.

Speaking to media after winning the Mandrem by-poll, Sopte lashed out at Parsekar saying that the former chief minister ditched the party and supported independent candidate in the by-poll.

“Parsekar has proved that he is not loyal to BJP. He betrayed the party in Mandrem by-poll. 80 per cent votes secured by the Independent candidate are due to Parsekar,” he said and demanded that the high command should sack Parsekar from the party.

Sopte said that he had taken risk by resigning as Congress MLA, but due to hard work of his supporters and with the support of the party he emerged victorious in the by-poll.

Parsekar, responding to the allegations by Sopte, told ‘The Navhind Times’ that a traitor like Sopte, who had backstabbed Congress, need not give him a certificate of

loyalty. 

“Everyone knows that I had decided to contest as independent candidate against Sopte and had received overwhelming public response at the March 10 meeting of my supporters,” Parsekar stated, pointing out, “However, when I decided to stay with my party on March 13, many of the BJP voters in Mandrem were dejected and planned to move away from the BJP, probably opting to support independent candidate Jeet Arolkar.” 

Speaking further, Parsekar said that he never interfered in the politics of the Mandrem by-poll once he decided to remain with the BJP, and concentrated on the campaign for the BJP’s Mapusa candidate Joshua D’Souza. “And I am proud to tell you that as a BJP supporter, I voted for the BJP symbol at the Mandrem by-poll, even though Sopte was the candidate of the party,” he noted. 

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