Former Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar says won't quit BJP

Senior Goa BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar, who had been miffed with the party for some time now, on Friday said he would not leave it nor fight as an Independent candidate in the Mandrem Assembly by-poll.

Parsekar (62), a former chief minister who lost from Mandrem to Dayanand Sopte, then with the Congress, in the 2017 Assembly polls was upset after the latter joined the BJP.

The former CM had earlier accused BJP Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar of not taking him into confidence while inducting Sopte.

The Mandrem by-poll will be held on April 23 and Sopte is almost certain to be fielded from there by the BJP.

"I have decided not to quit the BJP as I have been part of it for last 30 years. I will not quit the party just because some leaders are taking anti-party decisions without taking others into confidence," Parsekar told.