Herald: Five ‘aggrieved’ BJP leaders discuss political developments
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Five ‘aggrieved’ BJP leaders discuss political developments

09 Nov 2018 05:45am IST

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09 Nov 2018 05:45am IST

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Francis D’Souza, Laxmikant Parsekar, Mahadev Naik, Dayanand Mandrekar and Anant Shet demand replacement of Tendulkar as State unit president

MAPUSA: Five ‘aggrieved’ BJP leaders, who, in the recent past, criticized its core committee’s functioning, held a meeting at the house of the former urban development minister, Francis D’Souza at Mapusa on Thursday evening.

The meeting was attended by Laxmikant Parsekar, Mahadev Naik, Dayanand Mandrekar and Anant Shet, who demanded that the State unit President Vinay Tendulkar be replaced and the core committee reconstituted.

Speaking to Herald after the meeting, former chief minister Parsekar said that they discussed the current political developments in the party and the future course of action.  The meeting was convened by Parsekar.

“We discussed (the current political developments) in detail and firmly reiterated our earlier demand that in the interest of the party, Tendulkar needs to vacate the chair of the president or else he would ruin the party. He has proved himself to be most inefficient; all decisions are unilaterally taken – be it inducting new people or dropping the ministers; and now he is pointing the finger at the national president which is very bad,” he said.

“On whose recommendation, all these are being done? Every time he is pointing the finger at the party’s national president.  It is the collective voice of the karyakatas of the State that this man is inefficient and (it is proven fact). Therefore, he should vacate the post of BJP president in the interest of the party,” Parsekar said.

He also expressed anger at Tendulkar for not taking him (Parsekar) and party workers in Mandrem constituency into confidence before inducting Dayanand Sopte.

Concurring with Parsekar that Tendulkar has to go, D’Souza said that dropping him from the Cabinet when he was undergoing treatment in USA was a gift from the party for his two-decade long loyalty to BJP.

“The move of inducting two Congressmen into the party may be a short term solution, but it does not benefit anyone in the long run,” D’Souza warned.

It is instructive that on Wednesday Tendulkar and General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade met the Mapusa MLA at his residence. And now it is apparent that that meeting was purely a courtesy call.   

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