Amid speculation that Utpal Parrikar, elder son of late Manohar Parrikar, is a frontrunner for the BJP ticket for Panaji Assembly bypoll, the party Thursday said "some names" were being discussed for the seat.
He said the BJP will shortlist the candidate and a final call on it would be taken by the party's election committee and the parliamentary board.
Asked if Utpal Parrikar's name may figure in the list, Naik said, "A few names are being discussed and details would be revealed soon."
He said the selection of candidate will be done after conducting a detailed survey in the constituency and also taking into account factors like loyalty, winnability and the person's commitment towards the party.
Utpal Parrikar, 38, who has done a Masters degree from the US and is presently into business was unavailable for comment.
Parrikar died on March 17 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. After his demise, some BJP leaders had reportedly advised his sons Utpal and Abhijat to work for the party.
The constituency witnessed a bypoll in 2014 when he was elevated to the Union cabinet.
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