Not yet thought about contesting Panaji bypoll: Parrikar’s son
Utpal Parrikar, elder son of late Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar said he has not yet thought about contesting the Panaji by-poll and would take a call on it at the “right time“.
The Panaji Assembly seat fell vacant following the death of Manohar Parrikar on March 17. A section of BJP workers in Panaji has been pressing for Utpal’s candidature there.
“At present I have not thought about it. But I will have to think at the right time,” he said.
When asked if the BJP has approached him with the offer to contest the Panaji by-election, Utpal said that since it was still a period of mourning for him, no such discussion has happened so far.
“I am still struggling with the grief of my father’s death, that is why I have not yet decided anything,” he said.
Earlier this month, BJP Goa Unit President Vinay Tendulkar had claimed that the party’s national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna had approached Utpal and his brother, Abhijat, urging them to take part in BJP’s activities. – PTI
Congress releases latest list
Congress named former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar from Sasaram and Ranjeet Raiganj from Supaul in Bihar in their latest list of candidates. It lists out the candiates for 12 seats across Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Seven candidates have been named in Odisha and three in Bihar, while a single candidate has been named in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress fields Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North LS seat
The Congress fielded actress Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency two days after she joined the party.
Matondkar had joined the Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday and had later said that she was “here to stay.”
“The Congress central election committee has approved the candidature of Urmila Matondkar as party candidate to contest the ensuing general elections from Mumbai North parliamentary constituency in Maharashtra,” a party statement said.
After joining the party, Matondkar had said she felt the need to join the Congress party as the freedom to express was under attack in the country and there are numerous examples in this regard in the last five years.
She had said the Congress party has participated in the freedom struggle and it stood for freedom. – PTI