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Goa Assembly polls: BJP leadership to decide on next CM candidate: Parsekar,Goa assembly election candidate ,Goa polls 2017,Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar

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Panaji: Ruling out chances of advancing Assembly polls in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said it is for the BJP leadership to decide who should lead the party next time and rejected suggestions that defeat in the Panaji City Corporation elections was a setback for the party.

"The elections will not be held this year. They will be either in second-half of February or first-half of March next year," Parsekar said in an interview on the eve of completion of four years of the BJP-led government in Goa.

After winning the polls on 9 March, 2012, Manohar Parrikar became the chief minister of the state and Parsekar succeeded him after his elevation as the defence minister at the centre in November 2014.

Responding to a query on the leadership issue, Parsekar said it is for the party to decide who should be the next chief ministerial face in Goa.

"I have nothing to do with it. It will be the party's strategy," he said.

"I am running the government which was formed on the mandate given to Manohar Parrikar. Though the party got the majority, we had projected Parrikar as legislative party leader during 2012 polls," he said.

"Now I feel that during 2017 polls, it is my responsibility to secure the same mandate for the party," Parsekar said.

On the BJP's defeat in Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) polls, the results of which were declared on Tuesday, he said he did not consider it as a setback to the party.

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