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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Parrikar unlikely to return to Goan politics

PANAJI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is unlikely to return to the Goan politics by contesting from his favourite constituency – Panaji – the forthcoming state assembly polls scheduled in 2017. As per the report published in a national business daily, Parrikar is not going back (to Goa).
The report also states that with the Union cabinet reshuffle round the corner,
“the big four (portfolios) – finance, external affairs, defence and home – are unlikely to be touched.”
“However, there could be changes in other ministries,” it adds while quoting a senior Bharatiya Janata “The BJP will also be fighting anti-incumbency in Goa,” the report maintains, pointing out, “But the presence of Aam Aadmi Party  (in Goa) has given the party leadership hope that a three-cornered contest could turn in its favour, as it expects AAP to cut into Congress support base.”
Speculations were rife about the return of Parrikar in Goa as the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP for the 2017 state assembly polls. However, it was later clarified by the party in uncertain terms that Parrikar would only head the campaign for these polls, while  Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar would be the face of the party at the state assembly elections.

NT Network Goa News

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