Utpal Parrikar is being rumoured to be the BJP's candidate from Panaji, where by-election is slated on May 19.
However, Utpal Parrikar is yet to publicly speak about contesting from the constituency won by his father multiple times since 1994.
"I am of the opinion that Parrikar's legacy has to be kept alive but by whom is the question," Saresai told reporters Thursday when asked whether he supports Utpal Parrikar's candidature for the Panaji bypoll.
"First is whether Utpal is interested... if he is interested then certainly he becomes the rightful heir to his father's legacy," the deputy chief minister added.
However, Sardesai said the final decision on candidature has to be taken by Parrikars family and the BJP.
"Basically, the party has said I should be campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in support of party candidate Shripad Naik.
"As of now, I will be going around the Panaji assembly constituency to campaign for the BJP Lok Sabha candidate," he said.
On March 30, Utpal Parrikar, along with his younger brother Abhijaat, had issued a statement saying they would take ahead the legacy of their father.
Meanwhile, the Congress Friday said the process to shortlist probables candidates for the Panaji by-election will begin in the next couple of days.
"There are several credible leaders in the party who can contest from the Panaji assembly seat and win. The partys Election Committee will consider all such names," Goa Congress chief spokesman Sunil Kawathankar told PTI.
The process to shortlist probable candidates for the Panaji by-election will begin in the next couple of days, he said.
Polling for the two Lok Sabha seats and three Assembly bypolls in Goa will be held on April 23.
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