Ex-Cong minority cell chief Mulla joins BJP

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Former Congress minority cell leader Urfan Mulla being welcomed into the Bharatiya Janata Party by the state BJP president Sadanand Shet Tanawade and Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar

Panaji: Former chairman of Congress minority cell Urfan Mulla joined the Bharatiya Janata Party along with large number of his supporters on Wednesday.

He was admitted into the BJP by the state party president Sadanand Shet Tanawade and the Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavalekar.

Mulla had earlier resigned from his posts in Congress, following which the party had expelled him from primary membership. It is presumed that the recent entry of Rudolf Fernandes – son of late former minister Victoria Fernandes – into the Congress party has triggered the exit of Mulla from the party.

Speaking to the pressmen after his official induction into the BJP, Mulla said that his next task would be to make members of the Muslim minority community in Goa join the BJP, in large numbers, and get the BJP back to power in 2022.

He also praised the disciplinary environment in the BJP. “This very aspect is sadly missing in the Congress party,” he added, pointing out that the BJP is well commanded by Amit Shah at the national level and Satish Dhond at the state level.

Mulla further alleged that the senior Congress leaders in Goa are acting like brokers and involved in brokerage of party’s candidacies for the assembly elections. He advised the leaders of the Congress party to carry out retrospection.

Tanawade speaking on the occasion said that the Congress party has used the minority community as its vote bank and did nothing for this community, except spreading lies about the BJP being a communal political party.

Kavalekar said that he as well as nine other Congress MLAs had joined the BJP as the Congress party had nothing to offer except in-fighting between its senior leaders and their vested interests.

Minority community leader of the BJP Shaikh Jina and BJP spokesperson Damodar ‘Damu’ Naik were also present on the occasion.

Ex-K’taka minister Ravi appointed Goa BJP in-charge

Panaji: Former Karnataka minister C T Ravi has been appointed as the Bharatiya Janata Party state in-charge for Goa.

The 53-year-old Ravi will handle three states namely Goa, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra according to the announcement made by the BJP national president J P Nadda.

Ravi was recently appointed the national general secretary of the party and hence had resigned from the B S Yediyurappa government.