Cadre-based organisation in BJP attracted my sons: Ravi

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Panaji: Ponda MLA Ravi Naik on Thursday said that the discipline and cadre-based organisation in the Bharatiya Janata Party had attracted his sons, Roy and Ritesh to the saffron party.

“They also foresaw that the BJP would provide them with more opportunities to participate in the developmental as well as social works of the state,” he exclusively told ‘The Navhind Times’, pointing out, “They probably felt so since the BJP is in power at the Centre as well as in Goa, thus making such a thing possible.”

Roy and Ritesh joined the BJP on Thursday after resigning from the Congress party a day earlier. 

Speaking further, the Congress MLA from Ponda said that his sons did not approach him for advice over joining the BJP, probably because he is the member of a rival party.

“They, however, informed their mother and sought blessings from her before finalising the decision to join the BJP,” he added.

Ravi Naik also said that his sons are young and hence could have certain aspirations, which, in turn, may have made them join the BJP. “But then you will have to confirm it from them,” he added.

Incidentally, in 2002, Ravi Naik, who was the deputy chief minister in the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government had resigned from the BJP, just as the state was all set to go for assembly election and he was assured the BJP candidature from Ponda. After resigning from the BJP Naik went back to Congress, which he had left earlier.

It is indeed a poetic justice that today Ravi Naik, a Congress legislator is not consulted by his sons while moving to the party, which he had left 18 years ago.