Panaji, Jul 29 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was today formally chosen as the BJP candidate for the next month’s bypoll to Panaji Assembly constituency. Also Read - Veteran Congress Leader Satish Sharma Dies at 73

The saffron party also decided to field Health Minister Vishwajit Rane from Valpoi constituency. Also Read - New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai Top Booked Destinations by Indians During Valentine’s Week

Their names were cleared by the BJP Central Election Committee in New Delhi, a party release said here. Also Read - Budget 2021 Reflects Atmanirbhar Bharat, Not Opposition's False Narrative: Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha

The bypolls will be held on August 23.

BJP’s sitting MLA from Panaji Siddharth Kuncolienkar had resigned to make way for 61-year-old Parrikar.

The IIT engineer-turned-politician took over as Goa chief minister in March after resigning as defence minister. The Goa BJP stalwart is currently a Rajya Sabha member and has to get elected to the Assembly to continue as chief minister.

Rane was elected from Valpoi on a Congress ticket in the Assembly polls held in February. Within a few days of declared elected, Rane quit the seat and also the party.

He joined the BJP and was later inducted in the Parrikar-led Cabinet.

He is the son of former Goa chief minister and Congress veteran Pratapsinh Rane.

The main opposition Congress is yet to finalise its nominees for both Panaji and Valpoi seats.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.