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Friday, May 20, 2016

BJP to field more than 6 Catholic candidates

PANAJI: The three-day prashikshan varg, an educational class for the Bharatiya Janata Party legislators from Goa as well as the office-bearers of the state BJP unit, which was conducted in Mumbai by the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, earlier this week has resulted in evolving a consensus as regards giving BJP candidature to more than six Catholic candidates during the next state assembly elections.
Confirming the news, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told ‘The Navhind Times’ that “the fact that all six Catholic candidates fielded by the BJP at the 2012 state assembly polls turned victorious, weighed in favour of this consensus.”
“There was a general agreement on this issue, not because we wanted to cash on religious vote bank, but the work of our party has spread in more and more Catholic-dominated areas around the state in the past four years,” he maintained.
Parsekar also said the government is yet to shortlist the names of the candidates for selecting the new Advocate General of the state.
“I was very busy this week, including my participation in the Prashikshan Varg, and therefore, could only accept the resignation of the outgoing state Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni,” he added, pointing out that he has asked Nadkarni to continue on the post until further arrangement is made.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that the state unit of the BJP is certain about more Catholic candidates getting elected at the 2017 assembly election on its candidature.
In 2012, all Six catholic candidates namely Francis D’Souza, Matanhy Saldanha, Nilesh Cabral, Michael Lobo, Glenn Ticlo and Carlos Almeida fielded by the BJP had won from their respective constituencies.
Parsekar said the Prashikshan Varg, besides discussing the strategy as well as planning out preparations for the forthcoming assembly election in the state, also took up major issues before his government.
The three-day event, it is learnt from party sources, also came out with the information that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar would not return to active politics in Goa, but act as a strong guiding force for the Goa BJP unit during the election campaign for the 2017 state assembly polls.
“It was further discussed that the election would be contested under the leadership of Parsekar, who has run the government effectively as the successor to Parrikar,” the sources maintained.
Furthermore, the Prashikshan Varg maintained that the social security schemes of the government, which are being availed by large number of Goans, could garner support of the voters for the party.


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