While announcing his resignation, Utpal Parrikar said that the time has come to “take some stand for my values… and let the people of Panaji decide my political fate”.
Utpal Parrikar, son of former Goa chief minister late Monahar Parrikar has quit the Bhartiya Janta Party, a day after he was denied ticket from Panaji seat in upcoming assembly election.
While announcing his resignation, Parrikar said that the time has come to “take some stand for my values… and let the people of Panaji decide my political fate”.
“I tried my best even during last and this election to convince my party that I enjoyed not only the support of all the party members, I also enjoy the support of general people of Panaji,” NDTV reported Utpal Parrikar this evening.
He further said, “Despite that, I am unable to get the candidature of Panaji constituency. It has been given to someone who has opportunistically come in the party in last two years… That’s why I want to go ahead and let the people of Panaji decide my political fate.”.
In 2019, after the death of Manohar Parrikar, Parrikar Junior had shown interest to fight election from the same seat once his father held, but the party asked him to support Sidharth Kuncolienkar in the by-poll election.
Subsequently, Sidharth Kuncolienkar lost the seat to the then Congressman Atanasio Monseratte, who later switched the party to ruling BJP with nine other Congress leaders.
Atanasio Monseratte, was accused of rape case when he left Congress for BJP.
Sensing the dispute, the Aam Aadmi Party extended and offer to Parrikar Junior to contest on party’s ticket.
“I have always respected Manohar Parrikar ji… Goans feel very sad that BJP has adopted use-and-throw policy even with the Parrikar family,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Goa will undergo assembly election on Feb 14 and results for the same will be announced on March 10.