Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Laxmikant Parsekar may lead BJP in Goa Assembly polls, hints Manohar Parrikar
PANAJI: Senior BJP leader and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hinted that Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar will lead the party in the state elections due next year, while the latter today said it is for the party and the people to decide. "Now it is the responsibility of Parsekar to getthe party elected again," Parrikar said during a civic reception held last evening to celebrate the 60th birthday of Parsekar. Parrikar reminded that in 2000 when BJP came to power in Goa, Parsekar was the party's state unit chief and refused to get inducted in the Cabinet. He was BJP state chief in 2012 also when the party won in Goa again. Indicating that he may not come back to state politics soon, the Union Minister said, "I will work in Delhi. But politically I will be Goan." Last month, there were rumours about his reentry into Goa politics after the Union Cabinet expansion. On whether he would spearhead the party's campaign in the upcoming polls, Parsekar today said, "Let us see. That depends on fate. I have worked as per my capability. I have taken everyone into confidence and worked for the state. It is for the party and Goan people to decide."