BJP MP Naik files nomination from North Goa
Four-time MP and Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik, on Friday filed his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the North Goa seat in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Speaking to reporters, Naik expressed confidence about his victory for a fifth time in a row.
"Going into the campaign I am confident about my victory. People of Goa have seen what Prime Minister Narendra Modi can deliver," he said.
One of the senior-most Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the state, Naik's candidature was initially objected to by party workers considered close to late leader Manohar Parrikar, who had complained to the state BJP brass that Naik was ineffective and inaccessible.
BJP's candidate for the South Goa seat and outgoing MP Narendra Sawaikar had also filed his nomination papers.
"I am confident of winning because my campaigning began before the filing of nomination on Thursday," he told IANS on Friday.
Sawaikar, a lawyer by profession and currently state BJP General Secretary as well as party spokesperson has served as the Chairman of the Goa Law Commission.
Goa will have simultaneous elections for both the two Lok Sabha seats as well as for three Assembly by-polls on April 23.