BJP MLA from Panaji resigns, paves way for CM Manohar Parrikar to contest

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He has to get elected to the Assembly within six months for continuing as the chief minister.

The Panaji constituency has been Parrikars bastion. He represented the seat from 1994 till 2014, before he moved to the Centre as defence minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet.

Kuncalienkar, who was then attached to the office of Parrikar, was given the ticket by the BJP to contest the by-election in the constituency, left vacant by Parrikar.
He retained the seat in the state Assembly elections held in February this year, though his winning margin thinned.

Kuncalienkar told reporters that his decision to resign was a “small sacrifice considering the big sacrifice made by Parrikar by resigning from the Union Cabinet to lead the government in the state”.

“After the Assembly election results there was a unanimous decision that Manohar Parrikar should lead the government. The alliance partners too wanted the government to be led by Parrikar,” he said.

“Parrikar left the defence ministry in the Central Cabinet for the sake of Goa. The kind of sacrifice that Parrikar made is enormous. My sacrifice is very small as compared to his,” he said.

Kuncalienkar and another BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral (Curchorem) had earlier volunteered to vacate their seats for Parrikar.

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