PANJIM: Days after the ruling BJP snubbed him to induct opponent Dayanad Sopte into party fold, former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has now indicated he would rebel against the party in the forthcoming by-elections. Congress’ former MLA Dayanand Sopte, who defeated Parsekar in Mandrem, resigned from the party to join BJP fortnight ago.
From Day one, Parsekar has come out openly against the party’s decision to induct Sopte. However, his new stand comes a day after GPCC president Girish Chodankar met him in Mandrem.
Speaking to Herald, Parsekar said that the BJP has taken him for granted.
"The BJP feels I will never rebel against the party or I will never leave it (party). Sometimes, your virtues act as negatives and that has happened in my case. But this time, the party should not take me for granted," Parsekar said adding he will not reveal his stand now.
Playing down his meeting with Chodankar had met him, Parsekar said such meeting do happen in these situations.
"These days there are many people who come and meet me. Chodankar had also come. There were some discussions," he said without elaborating further.
He said that BJP Mandrem block still considers him (Parsekar) as the candidate from the constituency. "Let the elections be announced. Let the candidates be announced...then I will reveal my stand," he said.
When contacted, Chodankar said the Congress has been meeting all the "anti-BJP forces". "We are rallying against Sopte, who is the probable BJP candidate in the constituency. We will defeat him in the constituency and our exercise in that direction has begun," he said. Chodankar also refused to divulge the details of the meeting with Parsekar. but said "everyone will come together to defeat the BJP candidate."
Parsekar, who was the chief minister of Goa between 2014 and 2017, was defeated by Sopte during the last year's Legislative Assembly election. The former CM is one of the oldest members of the BJP who had joined the party in 1994.