BJP declares Parrikar, Rane as Panjim, Valpoi candidates

PANJIM: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Central Election Committee has declared the party candidates in Panjim and Valpoi Assembly constituencies for the August 23 by-polls.

The candidates, as expected, are Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Panjim, and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane in Valpoi.

BJP is the first party to declare their candidates. Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Goa Suraksha Manch and others are yet to decide on their choices.

Congress is likely to field former Panjim Mayor Ashok Naik in Panjim, while Ravi Naik’s son Roy is likely to be the candidate in Valpoi.

Sources informed that in Panjim constituency AAP and GSM are likely to support Ashok Naik.