We had plan to poach 3 more Oppn MLAs: Vinay

Panaji: Stating that the local team of the Bharatiya
Janata Party under newly-elected state BJP president Sadanand Shet Tanawde
should work towards getting at least 30 MLAs of the party elected at the 2022
Goa assembly elections, outgoing state BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar on Sunday said
that he had made all arrangements for the entry of three more Opposition
legislators into the BJP, but refrained from doing so fearing backlash from the
public as well as party workers.

“I wanted to exit as the state BJP president with a bang
and had planned to take the strength of the BJP MLAs in the state assembly from
the current 27 to 30 by bringing in three more Opposition MLAs in my party,”
Tendulkar revealed.

He also justified the poaching of 12 Congress MLAs and
two Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators last year by pointing out, “This
particular act had the blessing of national BJP president Amit Shah as well as
the then chief minister Manohar Parrikar, and was done to bring about stability
to my party’s government.”

Tendulkar was addressing a meeting of the newly-elected
office-bearers of mandals and booths of the BJP as well as party workers in the

The meeting witnessed the official announcement of
Tanawde as the party’s new state president by national BJP vice-president
Avinash Rai Khanna in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

Tendulkar, who is also Rajya Sabha MP from Goa, further
stated that he would continue working for the party and has not retired from
party’s organisational politics.

Sawant said that before going for a big victory at the
2022 state assembly polls, the BJP should ensure that it sweeps the forthcoming
zilla panchayat elections as well as the municipal elections scheduled next

Khanna in his speech said the Modi government will never
take any decision that would force the countrymen as well as his party members
to face embarrassing situation.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act will give relief to all
those who are facing persecution on religious basis in the neighbouring countries,”
he added.

Khanna condemned the Opposition parties for deliberately
creating confusion in the minds of the public over the CAA, by jumbling the
meanings of the infiltrators and refugees.

He also stressed on the need to give a facelift to the party
in Goa.

The 54-year-old Tanawde in his speech said that he would
discuss with the central leadership issues of state importance such as
diversion of Mhadei river in Karnataka and ban on mining activities in Goa, and
try to find a solution for the same, as early as possible.

The meeting also paid tributes to Swami Vivekanand on his
birth anniversary, which is celebrated as the National Youth Day across the

Deputy Chief Ministers – Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar and
Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavalekar – were also present on the dais.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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