Goa elections: RSS-backed GSM may withdraw its ‘tough’ Panaji candidate Raju Sukerkar

Goa elections: Lilavati Hospital, however, has clarified that no patient by the name of Raju Sukerkar has an appointment in its hospital.

Written by Aaron Pereira | New Delhi | Published:January 12, 2017 2:32 pm
BJP candidate Sidharth Kuncalienker and GSM's Raju Sukerkar. BJP candidate Sidharth Kuncalienker and GSM’s Raju Sukerkar.

The RSS-backed Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) on Wednesday hinted that its Panaji candidate Raju Sukerkar may not contest the elections due to a sudden medical condition. Sukerkar was being seen as a tough opponent to the BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienker – former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s close aide – in a seat that has been with the BJP since 1994.

“Raju has been admitted to Lilavati hospital where he underwent some medical tests, a decision on whether he will contest or not will be taken this evening or latest tomorrow,” GSM president Anand Shirodkar told The Indian Express.

However, Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai has clarified that no patient under the name of Raju Sukerkar availed of its services. Ajaykumar Pande, Director of Operations, said: “Such a patient was not brought (to the hospital) in the last two days. Even in our appointments scheduled for coming two days, we do not have his name listed.”

Shirodkar clarified that as of now, Sukerkar was still the candidate. “If we have a tough opponent, we will field him, else the MGP is free to contest from the (Panaji) seat,” he said.

Sukerkar, a close friend of Parrikar, poses a serious threat to BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienker. The split between the BJP and the RSS took place last year after the BJP refused to give in to the demands of an RSS-backed organisation that it stop funding English medium primary schools and only provide aid to schools that provide education in Marathi and Konkani.

The GSM is in an alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Shiv Sena. The MGP ended its alliance with the ruling BJP hours after the election code of conduct came into force. It’s party MLAs had publicly expressed their disagreements with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar leading to a public spat.


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  1. S
    Jan 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    Goa going to be with AAP. Media may go blind. ground reality is completly different. AAP wining Goa with a comfortable majority.
    1. S
      silent majority
      Jan 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm
      People had displaced cong which was involved in corruption and AAP performance in Delhi is a circus. Plus they give their MLA''s hefty pay raises double to 3 times what they were getting. Do you think they want them back now . People will not ignore crores spent on various projects by ruling party BJP .DeMo had inconvenienced people to some extent but people overall liked the ideas the govt. was implementing.Therefore the support for such economic ideas is widely encouraged. The party will make the govt.
      1. R
        Ramnath Goenka
        Jan 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm
        Sheelji stop wrong reporting GSM has nothing to do its output float by a person kicked off RSS
        1. J
          jay desouza
          Jan 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm
          Readers: please flag this and all such pork out.
          1. T
            Jan 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm
            AAP party is leading in opinion poll in Goa
            1. J
              Jan 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm
              You said the right thing.
              1. M
                Mahender Goriganti
                Jan 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm
                People across he country should rally behind BJP to save the country from communal undercurrent with Jihad declared against Mother India to make it stronger and stable at all levels so we can march forwards in progress and recover from lost time and opportunities in the past..
                1. B
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                  Hope not for Goa sake
                  1. S
                    Jan 12, 2017 at 10:40 am
                    BJP is the only team. Shame on RSS they are too rigid. We need to reform this country. I also dont support big leaders being extremist. Just my own stand not the BJP position.
                    1. R
                      Jan 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm
                      This is a friendly split so that GSM can raise controversial and divisive issues in the state where various religions co-exist. There will be a last minute patch up if not before elections at least after elections. Velingkar in any case has broken away only till elections which sounds very strange.
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