Herald: After seeing red, Mandrem’s ‘sir’ cools down

After seeing red, Mandrem’s ‘sir’ cools down

16 Mar 2019 05:38am IST
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16 Mar 2019 05:38am IST

Parsekar decides to stay with BJP; Says won’t quit the party just because of anti-party decisions of some leaders

Team Herald

PANJIM: In a major victory to the BJP ahead of the Assembly by-polls, former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has decided to stay with the party and not contest in Mandrem.

Speaking to Herald, Parsekar said he was always skeptical about leaving the party which he has nurtured for 30 years. “We started the party from scratch. Saw ups and downs. I will not quit the party just because some of the leaders are taking anti-party decisions without taking others into confidence,” Parsekar said.

The former chief minister, who was contemplating either contesting as an independent or on a MGP ticket, said he does not want workers to go against the party. “The party cadres in Mandrem constituency were disturbed after Sopte was inducted. The kind of response that we got for the meetings of the party loyalists held in the constituency speaks of the anger amongst the workers. But I don’t want that the workers should go against their own party,” he said.

The former CM said he had thought of contesting as an Independent in the constituency but has now decided to remain in BJP.

When asked whether he would support the candidature of Sopte in the by-elections, Parsekar said, “I will be working for Lok Sabha elections as everyone wants Narendra Modi to be the PM. These by-elections are small affairs.”

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