PANAJI: Former Minister and leader of United Tribal’s Associations Alliance (UTAA), Prakash Shankar Velip on Saturday re-joined the Bhartiya Janata Party along with his supporters. BJP has appointed him as its senior vice-president.
BJP State chief Vinay Tendulkar in the presence of South Goa MP, Narendra Savaikar and the party general secretary, Sadanand Shet Tanawade formally welcomed Velip and other workers, during the press conference held at the party’s head quarters.
Velip said that he has re-joined the party without any conditions after consulting his supporters from Quepem constituency. He also said that the BJP led state government has fulfilled most of the demands of the UTAA, adding that his priority would be to get reservation to Schedule Tribes in Goa Assembly with the help of the state government.
When asked if he feels that the two young UTAA leaders, who died during the agitation in Balli – Quepem in May 2011, would get justice with his re-entry into the BJP, Velip said that it is up to the judiciary to decide on the matter and he does not want to comment on the issue as the matter is sub-judice.
Meanwhile, BJP chief Tendulkar informed that the party has decided to showcase its welfare schemes and developmental work across Goa on March 13.
“The BJP government will complete its four years on March 8, and on the occasion the party has decided to reach out to people with its performance. All the ministers, MLA’s, MP’s and prominent workers of the party will go to the people in their respective constituencies with a report card of the government on March 13” he told media.