It’s BJP vs for­mer RSS func­tionary in Panaji by­poll

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation election20­19 - Ger­ard de Souza ger­ard.des­[email protected]

PANAJI: The by­poll to the Panaji assem­bly seat will be held along with the last phase of the on­go­ing na­tional polls on May 19. Goa chief min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar’s death in March ne­ces­si­tated the by-poll. Panaji has been a BJP strong­hold since 1994, when Par­rikar first won the seat. BJP’s Sid­dharth Kun­calienkar who won the seat by 1,069 votes in 2017, is up against Congress’s Atana­sio Mon­ser­rate and Sub­hash Vel­ingkar, who is a for­mer func­tionary of BJP’s ide­o­log­i­cal men­tor Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh.

“Vel­ingkar com­mands huge re­spect among the BJP work­ers and will make deep in­roads into the BJP vote share and dam­age the BJP,” said po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Pan­durang Gaonkar.

The BJP’s move of pick­ing Kun­calienkar in place of Par­rikar’s son, Ut­pal, has caused some re­sent­ment. The Congress and BJP have 14 mem­bers each in the 40-mem­ber assem­bly. Three Goa For­ward and three in­de­pen­dent law­mak­ers sup­port the BJP gov­ern­ment in the state.

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