MARGAO: State BJP unit president Vinay Tendulkar, on Saturday, categorically said that many Congress voters will vote for the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Narendra Sawaikar, this time, as they support PM Narendra Modi’s good governance.
“The party is trying to make inroads in the Congress bastion of Salcete with the help of Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijay Sardesai and recently inducted Babu Azgaonkar, the Deputy Chief Minister,” Tendulkar added.
Addressing the media in Margao, Tendulkar, who is also the Rajya Sabha member, said, “Many Congress voters will vote for the BJP Lok Sabha candidates this time, even though they voted for their candidates in the assembly elections. We will also try to make use of the good contacts of Babu Azgaonkar, who is a known figure in Salcete. And, with the help of GFP, we will try to make inroads in Salcete.”
On Saturday, Sudesh Bhise, a resident of Cuncolim-Chandor joined the BJP along with several self help group members and his friends.
Speaking further, Tendulkar said that South Goa candidate Sawaikar has completed the first round of meetings with karyakartas, and added that in next few days, the party will have 10 to 12 corner meetings in each of the constituencies of the South Goa.
However, when asked as to whether he was able to iron out the differences with the karyakartas, which occurred due to the induction of quite a few leaders into the BJP, Tendulkar denied having any such differences with the BJP workers.
Asked to comment over the outburst of former minister Rajendra Arlekar, Tendulkar posed a counter question: Does he mean to say that Amit Shah, BJP supremo has taken the wrong decision?”
“We have not met Arlekar,” he went on.
Tendulkar, who disclosed that national leaders would take part in the campaign meetings of BJP candidates in Goa before the scheduled mammoth meeting of the PM Narendra Modi on April 12 at 11 am, said that his party will win all the five seats – three assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats.
He brushed aside the allegations made by the former deputy chief minister Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar that the BJP put pressure of carrying out ED raids.
“If he was transparent in his working, why he has to fear? He is doing it for the publicity,” he added.
Explaining further, he said that on March 27, as the MGP was to withdraw support to the government, the two MGP legislators came to us and told us that they want to join the BJP as the government is doing justice to the people of Goa. “We accepted their offer, taking permission from the central leaders as we wanted the government to survive,” he said.