A Monserratte-led panel is ruling the Corporation of City of Panaji, the civic body for the state capital.
Reacting to his statement, Deputy Chief Minister and GFP president Vijai Sardesai said he would never support Monserrattes decision to contest against the official candidate of the BJP-led ruling coalition.
"If he is contesting as an Independent, he is saving me from embarrassment. The stand of our party is very clear - that when we are in alliance, we should not be contesting against the official candidate," Sardesai said.
He said the party is yet to receive his resignation.
GFP vice-president Durgadas Kamat said Monserratte has been asking for a ticket from Panaji, but the party is not interested in contesting from the seat.
"The party has said we are part of the coalition government and we can't fight against the official candidate.
"We have to practice what we preach...we had objected to the MGP (another coalition partner) contesting byelection (against official candidate) so we ourselves also can't contest it," Kamat said.
The date for by-election in Panaji is yet to be announced.
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