Long-time BJP loyalist Sudhir Kandolkar, who joined the Congress party on Sunday, has accused three ruling cabinet ministers of conspiring and pressurising the BJP's Central leadership to deny the ticket to him from Mapusa for the by-polls.
Speaking to media while joining the Congress along with his supporters, Kandolkar said “Three ruling cabinet ministers conspired and pressurised the national leadership of BJP to ensure that I don't get the ticket to contest the by-polls. By doing so they have not just denied me the opportunity but have gone against the Bahujan samaj.”
Indicating that the Congress had cleared the path for his candidature from Mapusa, he said “With the support of my people and the Congress, I will become the MLA and work for the development of Mapusa. I've come to a point where I had to choose between sitting at home or going ahead with others in politics."
Meanwhile, North Goa District Congress Committee president Vijai Bhike who had begun his campaign in the hope of being awarded the ticket to contest the by-polls has conceded and ready to work for Kandolkar's campaign. "I did start the campaign work and during this time three more former chairpersons of Mapusa municipal council have joined. This shows we are getting stronger. As for the elections, party's decision will be binding on us. We welcome more people to join us and strengthen the party."