On Friday, Utpal Parrikar said that he has not yet thought about contesting in the by-election from Panaji and neither would take a call on it at the “right time”. He is the elder son of former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on March 17.

Following the death of Mr. Parrikar’s death on March 17, Panaji Assembly seat remains vacant. A section of party workers in Panaji has been asking him to contest from there.

Utpal Parrikar said, “At present, I have not thought about it. But I will have to think when the time is right.”

When enquired if BJP has approached him with the offer to contest the by-poll from Panaji, he said that since it was still a time of mourning for Mr. Parrikar, no such discussion took place so far.

The elder son of Manohar Parrikar continued, “I am still struggling with the grief of my father’s death, that is why I have not yet decided anything.”

Earlier this month, BJP Goa Unit-Chief Vinay Tendulkar had claimed that the party’s National Vice Chief Avinash Rai Khanna had approached Utpal Parrikar and his younger brother, Abhijat Parrikar, urges them to take part in party activities.

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