As reports of the BJP shortlisting candidates came in on Monday, former chief minister Digambar Kamat said he has told the BJP leadership in Delhi that he is not interested in contesting the South Goa Lok Sabha seat.
“I have conveyed to the BJP leadership that I am not interested in contesting the LS election. I would have considered the offer if the opportunity had come to me around 10 years ago, he said.
While ex-South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar feigned ignorance that the party has shortlisted his name for the South Goa seat, ex-Dy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar and former two-time Fatorda MLA Damu Naik said they would not shy away from taking up the responsibility entrusted by the party leadership.
The four BJP leaders had descended at the Margao railway station to bid bon voyage to Ram bhakts heading to Ayodhya to seek blessings of Lord Ram.
When the media approached Kavlekar for his comments, he said he will accept the responsibility of contesting the Lok Sabha election from South Goa.
“From every platform, I have expressed my wish to contest the Lok Sabha election. If the party leadership gives me the ticket, I will accept the responsibility, Kavlekar stated.