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Allies advise BJP to take corrective steps in Goa

Panaji: With results of the assembly elections in four of the five states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram going against the Bharatiya Janata Party, a lot of political developments are expected within the BJP-led ruling coalition in Goa, as junior partners in the coalition government led by Manohar Parrikar have already started warning the senior partner to learn a lesson from the election results and take corrective steps.

The election results of the five states will not only put breaks on BJP’s plans to dissolve the Goa assembly but will also lead to a gain in the momentum for demands of leadership change, as the Chief Minister has been unwell for over nine months, and distribution of the Chief Minister’s additional portfolios to cabinet ministers. Town and Country Planning Minister and Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai said that the election results in the five states, especially in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are a wake-up call for BJP, especially with regard to the mining issue in Goa. “This is a good time to remember that Goa government exists because of our support to Manohar Parrikar and not to BJP,” he said, warning that if this continues then what has happened in the three major states could also happen in Goa.

A negative result for the BJP in the recently concluded assembly elections of the five states has certainly put pressure on Goa BJP too.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) senior leader and Minister for Public Works Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar also reacted sharply sending a message to BJP that if it had treated its supporters well and kept good relations, then these would not have been the results in the five states. “After December 15, we will come to know the clear picture in Goa and then only will MGP take a call on the political situation in the state,” he hinted.

It is not only the coalition partners that could be troublemakers for the BJP in Goa, but some party legislators also may demand a leadership change in the coming days, as there is unrest among them.

Sources said that the BJP leadership must now take a call on the overall political situation vis-à-vis effective functioning of the government in the wake of Parrikar’s prolonged health condition.

There have been allegations from some ruling legislators as well as the opposition that the administration has collapsed in the state, as the Chief Minister is not being able to attend office for the last many months.

A few days back, BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar had said that the central leadership of the party will take a call on distribution of additional portfolios to the ministers after December 11. Now, it is learnt that the coalition partners and some unhappy legislators within the party would wait for some days to see if moves at the party level are made to address the internal issues.

Meanwhile, stating that the central leadership of the BJP will introspect on the party’s performance at the assembly polls in the five states, the Goa BJP unit said that the results in these five states would, however, not reflect on the Goan politics in any way.

South Goa Member of Parliament Narendra Sawaikar speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ said that the BJP has accepted the public verdict in the five states and would do the needful to look back at these results.

“The state assembly elections are contested based on the respective local issues and problems, and hence one cannot link their results to the other states,” Sawaikar observed while brushing off the possibility of these results having any repercussions on Goan politics or the state government. “In fact, these results will also have no impact on national politics,” he noted, maintaining that out of the five states, whose results were declared on Tuesday, wherever the BJP was in power, must be having their own issues.

The Goa Suraksha Manch, reacting to these results said that history has repeated itself. “When the Janata Party, which was overwhelmingly voted to power in the country in 1977, displayed its mad hunger for power, the voters discarded it during the 1980 Lok Sabha election,” said GSM supremo, Subhash Velingkar, adding that the voters are now displaying same contempt towards the BJP.

Velingkar also said that today, the BJP as well as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which believes that “BJP can do no wrong” need to introspect in the interest of the nation. [NT]

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