Former CM of BJP prefers to distance himself from the happening, refuses comment
PANJIM: The induction of 10 Congress legislators into BJP has left several senior BJP leaders dumbstruck as they were caught unaware about the political development that has now become a national debate. Some of them have even expressed their displeasure over it.
While former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar preferred to distance himself from the happenings, ex-Speaker and Goa BJP Chief Rajendra Arlekar said he has been disturbed over the entire episode. “Several BJP workers are inquiring with me about the exact rationale behind such a decision. Local unit of the party is proceeding on a totally incorrect path,” he said.
Parsekar, who came at loggerheads with his very own party for giving BJP ticket to Congress dissident Dayanand Sopte from Mandrem constituency in the April 2019 by-election, has however refused to comment.
Another former minister in the then BJP-led coalition has condemned the act of the BJP arguing the need to expand the government. “The coalition government is enjoying its majority without any threat to continue till the term ends. I don’t understand why BJP accepted the 10 Congress MLAs into its party fold when it is not required. Do they not trust its ally partners?” the former minister said wishing anonymity.
The senior leaders have clandestinely been discussing among themselves the intention of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. One of them told Herald that Sawant is stressing on increasing its numbers by ignoring the party ideology followed for several years under its tall leader Manohar Parrikar.
“I think it’s all finished after Parrikar. The party followed strict discipline under him but it’s lost after his death. In such a circumstance, I wonder, if the party will sustain unity on a long term,” an ex-MLA said.
However, for the former Member of Parliament Narendra Sawaikar, this is a welcome move to strengthen the political organisation. “This would strengthen the party and the political organisation. Since the Congress leaders from the top to bottom position are deserting the party, those who felt that developmental work should not be hindered have aligned with us. Such a move is beneficial and helpful,” he told Herald. Also NRI Commissioner, Sawaikar denied any threat or insecurity to the party.
As the MLAs accompanied by CM Pramod Sawant were camping in Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, strong rumours floated that the BJP Yuva Morcha were contemplating to resign enmasse. The youth wing’s president Pramay Mainkar said they support their party and resignation has not been on their mind.
“We are not opposing but obviously some of the yuva morcha members are not happy which was expressed on social media. In any case, we were expecting this development to happen. Nevertheless, it will take time to understand and convince the yuva morcha,” he said speaking to Herald.