New Delhi: Former Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday indicated that he might rebel against his party. Talking to reporters he said, “I will not reveal all my cards now. There is a feeling in BJP that I will never rebel against the party or I will never leave it (party). Sometimes, your virtues act as negatives and that has happened in my case. But this time, the party should not take me for granted”. Also Read - Goa Will Not Open For Tourists Until Everyone in State Has Received First Jab of COVID Vaccine
His statement came after BJP planned to field former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte for the upcoming Mandrem Assembly by-poll in Goa. Also Read - Tripura Crisis: Central BJP Leaders Arrive in Agartala to Meet Rebel MLAs Amid Speculations of Them Joining TMC
Now, as the Congress started consolidating anti-BJP forces ahead of the upcoming bypoll in Mandrem Assembly, Parsekar said the BJP should stop taking him for granted. Also Read - Chirag Paswan Breaks Silence, Says 'No One Can Replace Me As LJP's National President'
Sopte and another Congress MLA recently resigned as members of the Goa Legislative Assembly and joined the BJP, dealing a blow to the opposition party in the state.
His statement comes two days after Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Girish Chodankar met him at Mandrem, which the former had represented in the state assembly till 2017.
Parsekar had lost to Sopte from Mandrem constituency in north Goa in the February 2017 Assembly polls. Earlier, Parsekar had criticised BJP’s Goa unit chief Vinay Tendulkar for not taking him into confidence while inducting Sopte.
Parsekar said the Mandrem block of the BJP still considers him (Parsekar) as the candidate from the constituency.
Parsekar, who was the chief minister of Goa between 2014 and 2017, is one of the oldest members of the BJP. He had joined the party in 1994.
(With PTI inputs)