GFP is not contesting elections, says Vijai

GFP chief and TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai in an interview with
‘The Navhind Times’ senior reporter ROQUE DIAS states that “state issues need to get prominence and should be resolved. We took up seafarers’ issue, which was a state and Salcete-centric one. The BJP also helped to resolve it. It should be like that, state issues need to be given prominence”
Please tell us whether the GFP is going to contest the elections announced.
We are not contesting the elections. This is because, we have chosen not to put them into a predicament unlike the other alliance partners. We believe in karma and dharma. By virtue of this, the agenda we are setting is that those who are espousing the regional sentiments will find the favours with the electorate who support us.

Okay, now that the GFP is not contesting the elections, but, will the party support the BJP candidates during the Lok Sabha elections, or will the GFP adopt a neutral stand?
There are two things in it. Sometimes not opposing itself is supporting. There are parties in the alliance, which are in the alliance and contesting the elections.

The MGP has made it clear that it is contesting the by-elections and will decide soon on Lok Sabha elections. Do you fear that after the by-elections, the MGP will become stronger than GFP? Tell us whether you are supporting the BJP candidates?
Who will be stronger, that the people will decide. GFP is the voice of the Goykars. You see, we are in the NDA alliance. We cannot have double standards.

Can we consider that
GFP is supporting the BJP candidates?
We are in the NDA.

All know this. Tell us about your support
When we are in the alliance, we are supporting them (BJP).

Okay, if you are supporting them, how would it be? Will you be canvassing for the BJP candidates, attending and addressing their meetings?
This, we will see when the meetings are organised. You see, the point is let them reach that stage. Let us cross the bridge when we reach the river.

But, you are almost at the bridge.
No, there are still 14 days for filing of the nominations.
Till date you have not decided to address the BJP meetings…
You see ours is the post-poll alliance. It was not a pre-poll alliance. Wherever the GFP is elected and in the other constituencies where GFP is active, the national parties – both the Congress and the BJP have presence of their own. And, both had contested against us. So they do not need to come and say vote for us. They have their own mechanism of contesting the elections.

If the BJP seeks your help, will you support the party?
That will be discussed when they come to us. We will take a call when it is needed. We are well with this decision. We are in a vacation mode till the May 23. We are helping the constituency people with their issues. As of now, no issue has arose, for us to provide help to the BJP. We will take a call when the issue arises.

Suppose BJP candidates come to you and ask for your help, will you offer help, especially, in South Goa?
The BJP candidates have to espouse the same sentiments, which the GFP is talking about. If they only start talking about the nation too much, then good luck to them. State issues need to get prominence and should be resolved. We took up seafarers’ issue, which was a state and Salcete-centric one. The BJP also helped to resolve it. It should be like that, state issues need to be given prominence.

Is the BJP going slow in taking up the state issues?
Yes and No. Because, all state issues which needed to be taken, the BJP had not taken up them, which is why we are born. Our party talks about Goykarponn. The national parties did not have guts to say it. We brought Goykarponn at the centre of state’s political discourse.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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