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Disenchanted workers and voters caused BJP debacle

Panjim: Disappointed karyakartas as well as electorates in several constituencies was one of the
prime reasons that led to the debacle of some former BJP ministers including ex-Chief Minister
Laxmikant Parsekar.In its ongoing internal scrutiny on the party’s poor performance at the February 2017 general assembly elections, the BJP has stumbled upon this revelation prompting the top brass to ensure its former and sitting legislators maintain a healthy rapport with its workers and the people at large.“We separately met our karyakartas when most of them told us that they were upset with the attitude of their respective candidates. As such, they did not wholeheartedly campaign for them. Similarly, a large number of electorates in some constituencies shared the same views,” a senior party official told Herald.
The negative ambiance, senior leaders believe, led to the downfall of some candidates in crucial
constituencies. Six of the eight ministers who were in the fray had lost the polls to their rivals.
Parsekar, who was also tipped as the next CM of Goa besides Forest Minister Rajendra Arlekar,
Industries Minister Mahadev Naik and Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar were amongst those who
faced a humiliating defeat.The party is now on a trouble shooting mission as the sitting legislators
besides former MLAs are asked to respect and develop a strong bond with party workers and the
general public. “It is very important to connect with the people and the karyakartas who play a
major role during the elections. We have to live up to the expectations of the people. Letting them
down on any factor will definitely have an impact on us,” he said.In a meeting held last month,
Parrikar had asked its leaders to introspect about why the party fared so badly in the elections while also advising them to ‘connect with the people.’

BJP expects thousands
from South
for felicitation
Margao: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Vice President Prakash Velip expressed confidence that around 12 to 13 thousand Goans from South Goa would attend the programme on Sunday (April 8) at Campal to felicitate BJP President Amit Shah and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.Speaking to media persons he said that it was befitting to felicitate Amit Shah as the party has only grown since he took over as the president.“BJP has its own government in 13 States,” he said adding that in many other states BJP has a coalition government.As for Goa, while admitting that the party did not get a full majority, he said BJP has been able to form the government only because Parrikar sacrificed the Union Cabinet berth to lead the Goa government and that was reason enough to felicitate him. [H]

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