Manohar Parrikar has played a decisive role in Goan politics ever since his entry in the mid-1990s. Reigns of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) have been trusted in his hands for more than two decades now. Two things were consistent throughout his political career, first being that he has always led the BJP and second he has represented the Panaji assembly constituency ever since he became an MLA.
Parrikar has represented the capital continiously from 1994 to 2014. After that and until yesterday Panaji assembly constituency was given into the hands of his prodigy Siddharth Kuncolienkar. Siddharth proved his political worth when he defeated Tiswadi political strongman Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate.
Return to normalcy
To imagine Parrikar without Panaji is to imagine a fish out of water. The way Gandhi family has been associated with its traditional constituencies in UP similarly Panaji has been associated with Parrikar for more than two decades. His return to his old bastion signals of return to normalcy for BJP cadre after the recent drubbing in the assembly polls.
If Parrikar had choosen to contest from Curchorem, it would have been interpreted as a sign of weakness. Choosing Panaji has served it’s purpose of sending a signal that BJP is ready for a fight, even if conditions are not in its favour.
Babush has been quiet lately after initially revealing his intent on facing Parrikar in Panaji by-poll before Kuncolienkar had even resigned. He is yet to reveal his plans but political analyst say he might not be keen on contesting against Parrikar since there is still room for him to work with Parrikar instead.
Winning the Panaji assembly constituency for Parrikar will be strenghthing his relevance in the BJP and Goan politics at large. Besides helping lift the moral of BJP workers across the state.
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