The BJP legislator from Panaji constituency, Siddharth Kuncalienkar, today resigned from his seat, paving the way for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to contest the by-election and enter the Goa Assembly.
Kuncalienkar submitted his resignation to Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant in the presence of BJPs Goa unit chief Vinay Tendulkar.
Tendulkar said the party has asked Kuncalienkar to vacate the seat to allow Parrikar to contest from there.
“It was the partys decision that Kuncalienkar should vacate his seat. The decision was convyed to him last night,” he said.
“Parrikar had left it to the party to decide from where he should be contesting,” he said.
Parrikar took over as chief minister in March after resigning as defence minister, after the BJP, which failed to get a majority on its own, succeeded in cobbling together a coalition with the support of regional outfits.