AAP, Cong pincer may force BJP to field Parrikar for Goa CM

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has recently hinted at fielding the 61-year-old Parrikar as BJP�s chief ministerial candidate in the State Assembly Elections to be held on February 4.

AAP, Cong pincer may force BJP to field Parrikar for Goa CM

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to be BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the State Assembly Elections to be held on February 4, say party insiders. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has recently hinted at fielding the 60-year-old Parrikar as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the State Assembly Elections to be held on February 4.

"A leader in Delhi could be made the CM of Goa if the party MLAs decide," he told media. 

"Our newly elected MLAs will elect a new leader and it's not necessary that this leader should be from the MLAs itself. We could send him from the Centre too," Gadkari said. The decision was taken amid fears of anti-incumbency and challenges from Congress and AAP.

BJP is worried about the inroads made by the new entrant, AAP in Goa. AAP is pinning hopes on the state's high literacy rate, awareness and disenchantment with the ruling BJP regime, to repeat the its landslide wins in New Delhi against BJP.

Meanwhile, Parrikar has not rejected the speculations, and only said, "Let us cross the bridge when it comes. (Nitin) Gadkariji has said what we wanted to say," in Panaji on Friday. Quoting a senior BJP leader, NDTV reported that Parrikar will make comeback to the state politics. The Central leadership is learnt to have given a go ahead for the move, added sources.

Surprisingly, BJP didn't project the Goa Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar when they announced the names of 20 candidates on Thursday. Parsekar is known to be a Parrikar loyalist, and has succeeded Parrikar, when he became Defence Minister.