Mandrem, Goa: Sources close to former Goa CM and senior BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar told IndiaScoops.com that the senior leader was considering quitting the party, which he had helped build over the years, primarily because he felt cheated, insulted and used.
A close friend and old party associate of Parsekar who spoke to this reporter, told IndiaScoops.com that Parsekar primarily wanted to teach a few Goa State BJP leaders a lesson. “You can’t just walk all over me and mock and insult me,” Parsekar was quoted by his friend as saying.
Speaking to IndiaScoops.com, Parsekar’s friend said:
“They (Goa State BJP leaders) tried to create a rift between him (Parsekar) and the party High Command (Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi) by misrepresenting facts and blatantly lying. They told the party high command that Parsekar was not capable and unable to lead his people and that’s the sole reason why he lost the last Assembly elections to former BJP man-turned-Congressman Dayanand Sopte, in spite of being the former CM of the State. The Goa State leadership – in the absence of CM Manohar Parrikar (who is bed-ridden due to an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer) conveyed to Shah that Parsekar did not work hard enough for the Assembly elections and was overconfident, which resulted in him losing badly to the Congress candidate. They did not highlight their own failures or the resentment of the general public, but only blamed Parsekar and his decisions and actions for the debacle and defeat. That is why the central BJP high command decided to induct Sopte, keeping Parsekar completely in the dark. Parsekar put the blame on two Goa State BJP leaders for this misrepresentation before the party bosses.”
As reported by IndiaScoops.com earlier, even several supporters of former Goa CM Parsekar want their leader to contest the Mandrem by-polls on a Congress ticket only to teach the local State BJP (including Vinay Tendulkar) a ‘good lesson’.
IndiaScoops.com spoke to nearly 30-40 of Parsekar’s supporters who were very vocal on the subject. “We must teach the local BJP leadership a lesson. They have treated us like dirt, in spite of the fact we have worked for the party for the last several years, with many of them being associated with the party for more than 10 years. If Sopte can leave Congress, Parsekar can join Congress, only to defeat Sopte,” they said.
Parsekar’s personal supporters numbering about 800-1000 said they would do as their leader does. “If Parsekar joins the Congress, we will also join along with him. He has been our leader and he is a hard-working and dedicated person. We will stand by him and do as he says, even if it means working for the Congress during the by-polls,” they told IndiaScoops.com.
Political watchers said the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) leader and former Goa RSS head Subhash Velingkar is also wooing Parsekar and has offered him a GSM ticket. However, the Congress seems to stand a better chance in Mandrem and Parsekar wants to win at any cost against Sopte.
However, local Mandrem Congress leaders were not sure about inducting Parsekar. “Once he wins on a Congress ticket, he may re-join the BJP later on just like Sopte. This musical chairs must stop. We need a local, but loyal Congress leader who will stand by the party and the people of Mandrem, who vote for him, through thick and thin,” they opined.
As hectic parleys in Mandrem picked up steam, the NavHind Times reported that Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar met former chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday triggering speculations and setting tongues wagging. (Read Here)