Laxmikant Parsekar to remain with BJP, maintains silence on supporting Sopte

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Mandrem: Former Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday stated that he would not quit the party, despite injustice being meted out to him by certain leaders.

“I have decided not to quit the party. I have been part of BJP for last 30 years. I have seen ups and downs of the party. 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 rumours were rife that Parsekar would be contesting on MGP ticket from Mandrem constituency for upcoming by-election.

Parsekar said that the cadres of the party 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 about 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 that he had given thought of contesting as an Independent in the constituency but has now decided to remain in BJP.

When asked whether he would support candidature of Sopte for upcoming by election, Parsekar commented “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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