The Congress yesterday announced that Mr Naik will be the party's candidate for the election to the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat to be held on July 21.
Mr Naik, who was accompanied by Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar and other Congress legislators, submitted his form to state Legislature Secretary Mr NB Subhedar.
The two-time Rajya Sabha member from Goa said that though the Congress does not have the numbers to get him elected, the secular forces who are with the BJP, would vote for him.
"I am fully confident that I will be the winner. We will approach all the secular-minded people who are supporting the BJP-led alliance," Mr Naik said, hinting at a possible dialogue with the BJP's allies - Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and independents - for the support.
Today is the last day for filing the nomination. Earlier in the day, the BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, filed his nomination for the election. Mr Tendulkar has the support of 12 legislators from his own party, three each from allies Goa Forward Party, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and three independents.
Mr Naik is expected to get the support of 16 MLAs of his party and the lone Nationalist Congress Party legislator. The 40-member Goa Assembly currently has a strength of 38 with one MLA each from the Congress and the BJP having resigned after the state polls held earlier this year.
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