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Goa assembly polls: Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal to contest from Panaji as independent candidate

Chandigarh, January 21

Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal Parrikar quit the Bharatiya Janata Party, PTI said on Friday—a development that comes after he was denied a ticket to contest next month’s assembly elections from Panaji.

Utpal Parrikar announced he would contest the elections as an independent candidate from Panaji—a seat that his father, former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, had represented before.

The development comes hours after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar would contest from the Bicholim Assembly seat—the seat that the BJP had initially offered to Parrikar as a compromise.

Parrikar had turned down the offer.

“Patnekar will not just win the Bicholim seat, he will also be a Cabinet minister in the next government,” Sawant told reporters after the party nominated Patnekar for the seat.

Earlier on Friday, former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who was denied a ticket from the Mandrem Assembly constituency, had also said that he would contest as an Independent candidate, adding that the BJP has been hijacked by “certain” individuals.

Goa votes for its 40-seat assembly in February. Votes will be counted on March 10.

— With agencies

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