State president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Vinay Tendulkar on Wednesday said that president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar has already assured national BJP leader Nitin Gadkari that he will be withdrawing from the Shiroda electoral fray.
“I was a witness to this recent telephonic assurance from the MGP president,” he added, further pointing out that based on the particular assurance “all other things” were finalised with the MGP.
Speaking further, Tendulkar said that the BJP candidates will win both Lok Sabha seats in Goa as well as at the three bypolls to be held at Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa. He, however, did not comment on the intention of the Goa Forward Party member Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monseratte to contest from the now-vacant Panaji constituency, with the support of BJP.
The state BJP chief maintained that after
the bypolls in the four constituencies, the strength of the BJP in the state legislative assembly would rise to 16, and the government will have support of altogether 25 MLAs.
Tendulkar also said that his party will start its election-related activities in Goa from March 21, after three days of mourning in memory of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
Replying to a question, the state BJP chief said that he would accompany new Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to Delhi on March 21. “He will be visiting the national capital to meet senior party leaders, while I am going to attend the meeting of the central election committee of the BJP, which was postponed due to the demise of Parrikar,” he noted.
Source:: The Navhind Times