Panaji: Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader and Goa Suraksha Manch candidate, on Monday, filed his nomination papers before the concerned returning officer at North Goa Collectorate for the Panaji bypoll slated to be held on May 19.
Velingkar before proceeding to file the nomination papers, along with his 50 odd supporters, visited Shri Mahalaxmi temple in the city to seek blessings of the deity.
Expressing his confidence in winning the election, the GSM candidate said that with this bypoll, his party has taken the initiative to ‘cleanse’ the politics in the state.
“We will emerge victorious with a lead of 3,000 votes,” Velingkar said.
Commenting on his opponents, the former state RSS chief said that his party was not treating Congress candidate Atanasio Babush Monserrate and BJP’s Sidharth Kunkalienkar as two different rivals, and added that “the people of Panaji will not vote on the basis of party or candidates, but keeping in mind about Goa’s future politics, they will prefer a clean image, honest person with no criminal background or allegations of corruption. And that option is in the form of GSM candidate.”
He claimed that the hardcore BJP voters are with him, and the saffron party has realised that they cannot lure the voters this time and hence they pulled out the candidature of former Panaji MLA and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s elder son Utpal at the last moment and instead fielded Kunkalienkar for the May 19 bypoll.
“They (BJP) are aware that in the absence of Parrikar, their defeat is definite. Elections are won on one’s own abilities and capabilities and not on someone else’s legacy,” he said.