Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said voters of Panaji have already decided to elect him as their MLA in the by election scheduled on August 23, “as they know that doing so will be a win-win situation for them”.
Addressing a public meeting in Valpoi constituency, Parrikar said the revenue of Goa has gone up by 25 per cent during the last five months since he took the charge of the state in March.
The BJP has fielded Parrikar from Panaji seat against the Congress’ Girish Chodankar. In the Valpoi bypoll, the Congress rebel Vishwajit Rane is contesting on the BJP ticket against Roy Naik, the son of former state home minister Ravi Naik.
The BJP’s Siddharth Kuncolienkar had vacated the seat for Parrikar as he has to get elected to the Assembly within six months of becoming the Chief Minister. Valpoi bypoll was necessitated after Rane joined the ruling BJP.
“This is the time to decide the future of Goa. Do ponder over this fact that parties like the MGP and Goa Forward Party have decided to join hands with the BJP for the welfare of the state. They did not trust Congress,” Parrikar said.
He said the voters of Panaji constituency have already taken a decision to elect him “since I returned to the state (from Delhi)”.
“Panaji voters are educated and they know it very well that it’s a win-win situation if they elect chief minister as their MLA,” Parrikar said.
Parrikar returned to the state politics after resigning as Defence Minister when the Assembly polls threw a hung verdict in March this year.
He said the issue in Panaji constituency is not about his victory, but about the quantum of lead he will take over his opponent.
“My lead will entirely depend on the percentage of voting. If there is 70 per cent voting then my lead will exceed 7,000 mark, if it is 75 per cent then it will touch 8,000-9,000,” he said.
Parrikar said the revenue of Goa has gone up by 25 per cent in the last five months.