Panaji: Resignation by GPCC chief Girish Chodankar and his subsequent statements have snowballed into a controversy within the party. Now, party leader Ramakant Khalap has questioned why Girish had gone to meet former CM Laxmikant Parsekar, while the latter has said that “his meeting was not a secret.”
Chodankar resigned from the post last week taking moral responsibility of the defeat in Lok Sabha and assembly by-election. Talking to www.goanewshub.com, Chodankar had said that Khalap was offered ticket in North Goa but refused to accept it and instead eyed for Mandrem seat.
The congress leader had said that it was a mistake to bank on Khalap for North Goa seat.
Reacting to the statement, Khalap told a local Mararthi daily that Chodankar was paddling lies. He also questioned what was Girish doing with Parsekar in the run up for the elections.
While Khalap’s statement sounded like creating sensation, Chodankar admitted that he had met Parsekar. “I met him and also I did it in full public view. I had asked him to support Congress but he was non committed to it,” he said.
“Not only Parsekar, we had met several other BJP leaders during the election, who helped us. I have publicly thanked them in my press conference,” Girish said.
While currently, the controversy is surrounding only Girish and Khalap, more leaders are likely to join the bandwagon exposing the internal rift in India’s oldest political party.