Indicating that the new state Bharatiya Janata Party president would be unanimously elected from the ‘younger lot’ in the party, state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar on Monday said that this would be done as per the guideline of the central leadership of the party.
“The new state president of the BJP will be in place by December 15, 2019,” he added.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Tendulkar said that as per the direction of the party’s central leadership, the new state BJP president will have to be a party person below 60 years of age.
“Presently, we have a number of active party-men at the local level like Sadanand (Tanavade), Narendra (Sawaikar) and Damu (Naik), who fit into this criteria,” he observed.
The state BJP president also informed that presently consultations are on with party workers as regards the new state president of the party. “We will also have to talk to the central leadership of the party about the same,” he added, pointing out that the entire consultation exercise would end soon.
Tendulkar, who is also the Rajya Sabha MP from
Goa, said that in order to elect the state president of the party, at least 50 per cent of the party’s committees at the electoral constituency level as well as district level should be in place, that is party’s committees in at least 20 electoral constituencies and in at least one district must be elected.
“I am hopeful that by the time state BJP president is elected, we will have our party’s new committees in at least 30 to 32 electoral constituencies as well as in at least one district in place,” he maintained.
BJP sources hinted that Damodar Naik is the hot favourite for the post of the BJP state president.
Naik, who has been the president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (Goa unit) in the past, and was the two-time member of the Goa legislative assembly, is currently the state general secretary as well as the local spokesperson of the party.