BJP chief Amit Shah arrived in Goa on Saturday on a two-day visit where he is scheduled to meet senior party officials to draw up a strategy for the 2019 general elections.
Panaji: Goa BJP leaders will meet in the next two days to decide the Assembly constituency to be vacated for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who will have to get elected to the Legislative Assembly within six months of taking charge as CM, a senior party leader said.
A day after BJP president Amit Shah said the next Goa government would function under Manohar Parrikar's leadership, party's state chief Vinay Tendulkar on Tuesday claimed that people want the defence minister to be brought back to Goa. Tendulkar also said that the RSS is with BJP for the polls.
In the wake of the militant strike on camps of the Army and the BSF in north Kashmir's Baramulla last night, the Goa unit of BJP on Monday said it has cancelled a felicitation ceremony of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar which was scheduled on Tuesday.
Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said that Manohar Parrikar may lead the party's Assembly polls campaign
Union Defence Minister and former state chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in Goa to participate in a function of Indian Coast Guard, is also expected to attend the meeting briefly.
Parrikar, who led the party to historic success during 2012 Assembly elections, was invited by the prime minister to join the Union cabinet.
However, if and when Parrikar does make it defence minister, the logical question that arises is who will replace the man in Goa, who is almost synonymous with the BJP.
The BJP will begin door-to-door visits from Tuesday to reach to voters in all 40 state Assembly constituencies ahead of Lok Sabha polls, a senior leader said.