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Goa BJP chief slams former CM Laxmikant Parsekar

IANS  |  Panaji 

Coming down heavily on Goa's former Laxmikant Parsekar, state on Wednesday said the 62-year-old is aging and behaving like the flame of a lamp which is about to extinguish.

The attack comes in the backdrop of threatening the party with contesting as a rebel candidate in the upcoming Assembly bypolls.

Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Tendulkar slammed Parsekar, who headed a BJP-led coalition government from 2014-17, for reaching out to multiple political parties to drum up support during the upcoming Assembly bypolls, while also questioning his commitment to the

"In reality, once a person is 60, his mindset changes with age. I think this is what has perhaps happened to him. When the flame of a lamp is about to extinguish, it burns bright but only for a moment. I think this is what has happened to Laxmikant Parsekar," Tendulkar told reporters.

Tendulkar was responding to a question from the media, about Parsekar's recent criticism of the decision taken by the BJP to offer his arch rival and former MLA the ticket to contest from Mandrem.

Parsekar, who has served as the state BJP on two occasions, has won from the Mandrem seat thrice, before eventually losing to Sopte in the 2017 Assembly polls and is one of the senior-most state leaders of the BJP.

The bypolls in Mandrem was necessitated after Sopte resigned as a and quit the last year.

Tendulkar also questioned Parsekar's lack of commitment to the party, which he said was unbecoming of a senior BJP leader.

"A does not verbally abuse the national of the party.

"has breakfast with leaders, has lunch with the (a regional party) President at hotel and has meetings with BJP office-bearers in Cidade (resort) at night. Where is his commitment to the party?" Tendulkar said.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 23:58 IST