Whether this is a strategy to target a large base of the OBC, SC, ST and minority community is not yet known. According to Laxmikant Parsekar, “The BJP High Command feels that it is important for all our MLAs and members to participate in the selection of the chief minister, if we have a majority and that decision should be decided by a few in the high command, but by a common consensus of the MLAs and members of the BJP Goa. Therefore we will not be projecting one candidate as CM probable but three.”
When GoaChronicle.com spoke to Arti Mehra, National Secretary and Goa Desk In-Charge, BJP, she confirmed that at this point of time and during the election campaign period we would not be projecting any candidate as a CM, which will be decided later after a common consensus.
While the popular candidate seems to be Manohar Parrikar, sources in the BJP High Command and RSS tell us that there a majority who are keen to support of Shripad Naik, mainly because many feel Parrikar to be titled towards the secular-side of affairs rather than the underlining guidelines of BJP and RSS agenda. But what is going against Naik when compared to Parrikar is that he considered being more timid and soft spoken in nature, which might not suit the role of a chief minister. Parsekar on the other hand is a new entrant to the BJP probable chief minister candidate, though the fact is that he does not find favor in BJP high command while he might have a few well-wishers in the RSS.