BJP, Congress sweat it out to capture Parrikar's Panaji

After the elections for Goa's two Lok Sabha seats, the BJP and the Congress are preparing for a face-off in the by-poll for Panaji Assembly constituency, which was held by former chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

The by-poll was necessitated after Parrikar's death in March.

Refusing ticket to the late chief minister's son, Utpal, the BJP has fielded former MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar.

Siddharth has represented the seat in the absence of Parrikar in 2015 and 2017 assembly elections, when the latter was the Union defence minister.

He is pitted against Congress's Antanasio Monserratte, a former minister in state governments led by Parrikar and Digambar Kamat.

In the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, Siddharth had defeated Monserratte, who had contested as an Independent and was supported by the Congress.