Goa BJP leaders will meet in the next two days to decide the Assembly constituency to be vacated for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who will have to get elected to the Legislative Assembly within six months of taking charge as CM, a senior party leader said here today. Parrikar, who took oath as chief minister in March after resigning as defence minister, is heading the BJP-led coalition government in his home state.
“The officials of the Goa BJP will be meeting in the next two days to decide the constituency to be vacated for Parrikar for an Assembly byelection,” state unit BJP president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI. He said party workers from Panaji and Curchorem seats, currently represented by BJP, have urged Parrikar to contest from their respective constituencies.
Parrikar traditionally contests from Panaji seat, which he was representing as chief minister at the time of his elevation as defence minister in November 2014. Tendulkar said BJP MLAs Siddharth Kuncolienkar (Panaji) and Nilesh Cabral (Curchorem) have already volunteered to vacate their seats for Parrikar. When contacted, Kuncolienkar said, “I am willing to resign any time. I have told the party that I am ready to step down”.