Utpal Parrikar, son of late former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, will contest from Panaji as an independent candidate.
Utpal announced to contest the assembly elections from Panaji seat of Goa this evening. Utpal was given 2 options by BJP which he did not agree to. He was demanding to contest from Panaji on BJP ticket.
The BJP has fielded Babus alias Anasitano Monserrat from Panaji. Monserratt was earlier in Congress. He won on Congress ticket in the by-elections held after Parrikar’s death and later joined BJP. Utpal’s rebellion may increase problems for BJP.
‘My father worked hard for 30 years to build the party’
Utpal said, ‘I have nothing to say about the candidate to whom he has given ticket. Last time the party said, I listened. My father built the party after working hard for 30 years and gave ticket to the person who came to the party 2 years ago.
When my father was active then you must have seen that I never tried to show my weight by coming but now I have to do it for the sake of people.
I cannot think of any other party in my mind. My name was there during the by-election but ticket was not received. I have limited options and I have to give options to the people of Panaji.
‘I am fighting for the people of Goa and Panaji’
Utpal said, ‘I am fighting for the principles. Anyone who supports is welcome. I am fighting for the people of Goa and Panaji.
Don’t worry about me, the people of Goa are there for me. Despite people’s support, I was not given a ticket. Parrikar’s party is not taking place. I will fight as an independent.
Fighting for the people who along with my father made this party grow from small to small. I am not fighting for any post. I don’t want anything on the plate as an offering, so I don’t accept his offer.’