Panaji: BJP central leadership has finally
allowed its Member of Parliament from Goa Sripad Naik to
contest the next month`s Assembly polls.
The party had earlier turned down Naik`s request to
enter the state politics which led him to express his
reluctance to campaign for the March 3 polls.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari told reporters on Saturday that
Naik, Lok Sabha MP from North Goa, would be contesting Goa
"He will be a candidate of the BJP-MGP alliance," he
said after announcing the pre-poll alliance between his party
and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.
State party Executive Committee had suggested that his
name be included in the list of candidates. BJP Central
leadership, however, had refused to allow Naik enter state
politics, saying he was required in Delhi.
Naik`s supporters were upset with the party`s decision
and had even hinted at rebellion ahead of the polls. The 59-
year-old three-time MP is considered a contender for chief
ministerial post along with Manohar Parrikar.
To a question on BJP`s chief ministerial candidate,
Gadkari said the elections would be fought under the
leadership of Parrikar, Naik, Goa unit chief Laxmikant
Parsekar and MGP leader Dipak Dhavalikar.
"We will decide on the Chief Ministerial candidate
later on," the BJP President added.