The Goa Congress on Thursday urged BJP leader and former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar to work against saffron party’s candidate Dayanand Sopte for Mandrem by-polls, in a bid to retain his self respect.
Addressing media persons, Congress spokesperson Adv Ramakant Khalap confirmed that party president Girish Chodankar met Parsekar in Mandrem and discussed about political development in the constituency.
“They both met, but I have no idea what they discussed. But we urge Parsekar that for his self-respect, he should work for the defeat of official candidate of BJP Dayanand Sopte,” Khalap said.
Sopte, a former Congress MLA, joined BJP last month. He had defeated Parsekar in the 2017 assembly election. Sopte’s entry into BJP had not gone down well with Parsekar, who has accused State leadership of failing to take him into confidence and publicly vowed to defeat Sopte.
Further, Khalap said that Sopte has lost his credibility and support of his workers. “In Mandrem, Congress is strong and all the grassroots workers are united,” he stated.