Mandrem: In a tone tinged with emotion and hurt, former Goa Chief Minister, and a senior member of the BJP’s core committee said that if the party continues in the currrent manner, then “everyone (all MLAs) will have to go home”, reports The Goa Spotlight.
Parsekar sarcastically said that the only one who will be present in a legislative space would be BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar, who has been elected to the Rajya Sabha for 6 years.
Commenting on the larger issues plaguing the party, the former Chief Minister remarked that important sections of the population like the OBCs including the Bhandaris and Marathas are moving away from the BJP. The support base is shrinking. There is no doubt. If things go on in this manner, then everyone will go home, except Vinay Tendulkar” ( elected to the Rajya Sabha). He meant to say that none of the BJP MLAs will get elected the next time elections are held in Goa.
It is clear that it’s a no holds barred battle between a section of the veteran leadership in the BJP and party president Vinay Tendulkar.
Speaking to The Goa Spotlight, Parsekar said “Earlier Vinay used to say that he would consult ‘bhai’ before taking any decision. Now ‘bhai’ is not accessible and hence Vinay thinks he can take any decision that he wants”
Meanwhile the by-elections to the Mandrem constituency is due, after Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte resigned to join the BJP and will be the BJP candidate in Mandrem and Parsekar is clear that the local BJP unit will not be supporting him .
“Sopte said 80 per cent of the BJP karyakartas are with him. He is lying. Zero percent are with him. There is not a single BJP worker who is with Sopte”, Parsekar said.
Elaborating further, he said that the party may have taken a decision to reduce the strength of the Congress and hence get Sopte to resign but they should have consulted local workers and leaders ( like him) before deciding to field him from Mandrem.
“Sopte may have been lured to join the BJP but the party should have understood the ground reality of fielding him from Mandrem”, Parsekar quipped.
Parsekar’s remarks assume political significance for three reasons. Firstly they confirm that Sopte will not be able to hit the political ground in Mandrem running and will face opposition not just from the Congress but the local BJP organization.
Secondly Laxmikant Parsekar is holding his own political cards close to his chest and the possibility of him contesting as an independent candidate after resigning from the party, with the support of local BJP workers, cannot be ruled out and thirdly Parsekar’s vociferous reaction may spark off a chain reaction among senior BJP leaders who will take on the Parrikar and Tendulkar-led party leadership, with Francis D Souza already stating that he may be raided by the CBI and the ED for speaking against the party.