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BJP faces a new stumbling block for Panaji municipal polls; Parrikar’s son

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Panaji, March 4 : Late Manohar Parrikar’s bastion, Panaji, may be in the throes of chaos, thanks to a series of fast-paced political developments over the last two years, but the spectre of the former Defence Minister continues to loom large over the picturesque state capital, which goes to municipal polls later this month.
Amid the confusion over a panel of candidates floated unofficially (the municipal polls are not being held on party lines) by the BJP and another panel, comprising of BJP rebels and AAP, Congress sympathisers, the former four-term Chief Minister’s son, Utpal, on Thursday said that he would provide “personal support” to some candidates contesting from the anti-BJP panel.
Utpal Parrikar also faulted the Bharatiya Janata Party for letting down dedicated BJP workers by sidelining them in ticket allotment for the municipal elections. Parrikar said that he had provided “personal support” to some candidates, some of whom are contesting on the anti-BJP panel.
“My support can be for candidates on both panels, but that would be ‘personal support’ as a citizen. It is not public support which can be used for canvassing,” Utpal Parrikar said on Thursday.
The former Defence Minister’s son also used an analogy linked to former US President Donald Trump to explain the level of confusion in the BJP rank and file in Panaji.
“For example, there is one ward where there is a person who has worked for several years. His name is not on the panel. The block president of the Congress is on the panel (instead),” Utpal said. A


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