bjp: Assembly elections: BJP leaves out Parrikar’s son, 2 ministers in Goa first list | India News

PANAJI: BJP on Thursday announced its first list of 34 candidates for Goa, dropping three sitting MLAs including two ministers but retaining a former minister who had quit over allegations of sex scandal. The party also refused to give the Panaji ticket to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal, which his father held from 1994 till his demise in March 2019. Instead, BJP went with Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, the sitting MLA and one of the 10 Congress defectors who joined the Pramod Sawant government in July 2019. Sawant has been declared as a candidate from Sankhli, a constituency that he has been representing since 2012.
“Utpal Parrikar or Manohar Parrikar’s family is our family. They are very close to us. We had given two other options to Utpal from where he could contest. He has already declined one of the options and discussions are on for the second…

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