State Congress president Girish Chodankar on Sunday claimed that people in the state are so upset with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that it will be reduced to four seats, while Congress will get around 25-26 seats in Assembly elections.
Speaking at a public meeting in Shiroda, Chodankar said that the BJP-led government has failed to resolve issues of the people in the state and has not fulfilled any promises made during the previous election campaign. “Considering it, people in the state are upset with BJP and, hence, it will be reduced to four or lesser seats whenever Assembly elections are held,” he said. He expressed confidence that his party would win almost 25 to 26 seats.
Along with him, senior leaders Digambar Kamat, Ravi Naik and other workers of the party from Shiroda were present on the dais. The meeting was attended by around 100 to 150 people from Shiroda.
On Shiroda and Mandrem by-polls, Chodankar stated that by defeating both Shirodkar and Sopte people need to send a strong message that they won’t tolerate leaders who ditch the party.
“People have a good chance to teach them a lesson during the by-polls,” said Chodankar and urged people to set an example by defeating such persons.
Commenting on MGP president Deepak Dhavalikar, who has started campaigning in Shiroda, Chodankar said that MGP should withdraw its support from the government, if it is sure about contesting Shiroda by-election.
Margao MLA Digambar Kamat also said that BJP will be reduced to its lowest level in coming future. “In order to safeguard interest of the common man, people should be with Congress and teach a lesson to BJP who are misusing their political powers,” said Kamat and expressed that BJP which started with four MLAs in the beginning and reached 21 MLAs thereafter, will again go back to their beginning number after facing the people in the elections.
MLA Ravi Naik stated that BJP has been working against the interest of the poor and lower-income people in the state by enacting various laws and changing benefits of various schemes launched by them. “BJP is not concerned about the common man and people should take note of it during the elections,” he said.
Though Congress has convened several meetings in Shiroda, the party has not yet declared their candidate for Shiroda by-poll and has maintained that the candidate is yet to be finalised. During the meeting, Chodankar stated that Shiroda block committee, headed by Sunil Sawakar, will shortlist four to five prominent candidates based on people’s choice and out of it, the party will decide on one name. As per information, there are more than 10 aspirants for the Congress ticket and most aspirants were present for Shiroda meeting.
Source:: The Navhind Times