Vijai: Don’t know the contours of alliance with BJP in future
Says navigating post-Parrikar situation with new BJP leadership will create new dynamics of its own, Goa Forward’s agenda is unequivocally regionalist in nature
15th March 2019, 02:37 Hrs
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Saying he has no idea of the nature of the contours of the alliance with the BJP in the future, Goa Forward party chief and TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai on Thursday said that navigating a post-Parrikar situation with a new BJP leadership will create new dynamics of its own, which the government is facing at the moment.
He said that he and the Goa Forward party are just beginning to learn the ropes with new set of leaders and new set of do’s and don’ts in a post-Parrikar situation. Without giving any indication how the regional party will grapple with the post-Parrikar political situation, Sardesai, however, hastened to add that the Goa Forward as a political party will have to go by what the people want the leaders to do.
“We cannot belittle our voters. I want to remind that all the alliance partners had come together under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar to form the coalition government and navigating a post-Parrikar situation with a new BJP leadership will create a new dynamics of its own, which the present government at the moment is facing. We are just beginning to learn the ropes with new set of leaders and new set of do’s and don’ts,” he told the media during an informal chat on Thursday.
He said Goa Forward’s agenda is unequivocally regionalist in nature, saying that the party’s agenda of Goem, Goemkar and Goemkarponn is unequivocal and very central to the political discourse.
“We had a post-poll alliance as we had stitched up with Manohar Parrikar being the nucleus of the alliance. This alliance was stitched with the singular objective of getting Parrikar from the Defence Ministry to take over the reigns of Chief Minister,” he said, adding ‘we do not know the contours of the alliance in the future’.
On the ensuing Lok Sabha and by-elections, he said the Goa Forward is not contesting the ensuing elections since the party is in alliance with the BJP and given our status as members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). “We are not contesting the ensuing elections. Both the national parties exist in our constituencies and we are aware that we have a role to play because we are elected representatives,” he said, adding that the Goa Forward will support those parties which will take cognizance of regionalist sentiments as part of its agenda to take Goa Forward.
“It may so happen that these two national parties may not be up to the mark to highlight the regionalist and local sentiments. And, we are equally aware that these two parties having presence in our constituencies can be beneficiaries of our support,” he said, while saying that the Goa Forward party will be in the fray in the Assembly elections.
Saying that the party’s support to any party will have an impact on the future elections, which the party is willing to face, Sardesai said the party’s singular goal is to ensure that Goa goes forward and all long pending issues facing Goa are solved with due support from the Centre.
...says don’t think Goa Forward has
any role in Fatorda for LS polls
MARGAO: In an interesting development, Goa Forward chief Vijai Sardesai on Thursday said he does not think the Goa Forward has any role to play in the ensuing Lok Sabha election in home constituency Fatorda, saying the BJP has a presence in the constituency and the national party may not need him to introduce the Lotus symbol to the electorate.
“I don’t think I have any major role in Fatorda in the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP has its presence in Fatorda and I think they don’t need me to introduce the Lotus symbol. They have their presence and they have a sitting MP. And, they have a government at the Centre, benefits seek to benefit from the nationalistic sentiments at the moment,” he added.
Sardesai pointed out that the Congress had fallen short of 400 votes to the BJP in Fatorda Assembly segment at the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He, however, hastened to add that the Lok Sabha poll result had no impact in Fatorda in the 2017 Assembly election as well as the Margao Municipal election, which was swept by the Goa Forward. “One should remember that local elections are fought on local issues and special and very localised issues. As far as local issues are concerned, we are rooted to the ground,” he said, adding that the Goa Forward is prepared to fight elections for the Goa Legislative Assembly any time.
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