BJP welcomes Ravi Naik’s sons into party

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Naik and state BJP president Sadanand Tanawade greet Roy Naik and Ritesh Naik after they joined BJP on Thursday in Panaji. Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar was present on the occasion.

Panaji: The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party said that Roy Naik, the person who was charged by then BJP chief minister Manohar Parrikar as the collector of protection money from the narcotics mafia, and Roy Ravi Naik, the son of the current Ponda MLA who joined the BJP on Thursday, are two different persons.

Coming out with this statement, state BJP president Sadanand Tanawade said that as far as his memory goes, the BJP never said that Roy Ravi Naik had any connections with the drug mafia. “There will be many persons having Roy Naik as their name,” he clarified.

Earlier, Tanawade, in the presence of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Naik welcomed Roy and his brother Ritesh in the BJP, at the party headquarters in the city. The Naik brothers, who had resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party on July 5, filled the BJP membership form.

When asked if, instead of following the BJP’s political slogan of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India), the state unit of the party is ironically adopting the ‘Congress-yukt BJP’ (BJP inclusive of Congressmen) slogan, Tanawade said that people do leave one political party to join another. “And then this is unconditional entry, with no demand of any kind from the Naik brothers,” he added. Speaking further, the state BJP president said that members of other political parties joining the BJP is a national phenomenon. He also informed that the Naik brothers will be involved in the party’s activities.

Shripad Naik, welcoming the Naik brothers in the party, which is being looked upon as a strategy to get the BJP footsteps in Ponda assembly constituency, said that the BJP is inducting more and more youth in the party.

Roy Naik, speaking on the occasion said that there is no alternative to BJP, if Goa has to be developed and taken forward.

When questioned if he, as the BJP nominee would contest against his father Ravi Naik as the Congress candidate in the Ponda constituency, during the 2022 assembly polls, Roy said that the question itself is hypothetical.  

Ritesh, addressing the pressmen, said that there is no political future left for anyone in the Congress party.

The Naik brothers also maintained that their decision to join the BJP is their individual decision as mature adults and should not be linked to their father’s position as the Congress MLA.