Utpal Parrikar quits BJP, to contest Goa election from Panaji as independent candidate

Utpal Parrikar, the son of former CM and late BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, has resigned from the party. Manohar Parrikar served the Panaji constituency for 25 years and was elected five times. Utpal also intended to run for the same seat, but the BJP instead chose to run current MLA Babush Monserrate. Monserrate, who had previously been a member of the Congress, has crossed sides and joined the BJP.

Utpal Parrikar has announced that he will run for the Panaji seat in the Goa elections as an independent candidate. Utpal told reporters this evening that the moment has come for him to stand up for his principles. Utpal claimed that he tried to persuade the party that he has support from both party members and the general public in Panaji, but that he was denied a ticket to the seat.

Opposition politicians, including Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, backed him yesterday. While Kejriwal had encouraged him to run for the seat on behalf of the AAP, Raut had offered him support if he ran as an independent candidate.

The assembly elections in Goa will be held on February 14 and the results will be announced on March 10.

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