Politics in Goa heated up at once during the Assembly elections. Until yesterday, there was a wave of migration in Uttar Pradesh and now disgruntled leaders are leaving parties in Goa. Within hours of the late leader Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal leaving the party, the BJP suffered another setback.
Former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has announced that he is resigning from the party. Looks like the ticket was not allocated. This is causing concern in party circles. BJP does not know what to do as the party leaders in a row are sidelined in the face of intense opposition to the party already in the state.
Former CM Parsekar Mandrem represented the Assembly from 2002 to 2017. He served as the Chief Minister of Goa from 2014-17. He is also currently chairing the BJP Manifesto Committee on Elections. MLA Dayanand Sopte was put in the Assembly seat of Mandrem. Utpal Parrikar, son of late BJP leader and former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, also said goodbye to the BJP party. He made the decision after the BJP refused a ticket to Utpal, who was expected to contest from the Panaji constituency. Utpal Telchi said he would contest as an Independent from Panaji.