Parrikar expects LS polls in 2013

The BJP blew the bugle for the South Goa Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar anticipating the general elections in 2013 in view of the prevailing political situation.

The chief minister was in Margao to participate in the Satyaranayan pooja performed by the South Goa BJP district Committee coinciding with the inauguration of the district party office at Malbhat here this evening.

“I strongly feel that Lok Sabha polls will not be held in 2014, but in 2013 itself. May be the polls will be held either in September, October or November taking into account the current political situation,” he said.

Parrikar told newsmen that the inauguration of the South Goa district party office at Malbhat is part of the party’s preparation for the Lok Sabha polls. “After the inauguration of the district office, we are now on the fast track,” he added.

South Goa District President Subhash Faldessai told Herald that the party had already geared up for the Lok Sabha polls and the inauguration of the party’s district office will further give boost to the poll campaign.

The office inauguration function was attended by a host of BJP leaders from the state. Besides the Chief Minister, deputy Chief Minister, Francis D’Souza, Environment Minister Alina Saldanha and party MLAs Rajan Naik, Dr Pramod Sawant, Nilesh Cabral, Independent MLA and Minister, Avertano Furtado, Independent MLA Benjamin D’Silva, MGP MLA Lavu Mamledar also visited the office. [H]