Exactly one year after the then leader of the opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar, led the fortnight-long ‘Jana Sampark Abhiyan’ in the state, which was Bharatiya Janata Party’s precursor to the 2012 state assembly elections, Mr Parrikar, in his new avatar as the state Chief Minister, will now participate in the sequel to this Abhiyan, to be flagged off on January 15.
Coming out with this information, the state president of the BJP, Mr Vinay Tendulkar said that Mr Parrikar will travel to all those constituencies – with the exception of Salcete taluka – which he had visited last year, and meet the people from these places.
"The Chief Minister also had an overnight stay with some families, in these constituencies during the Abhiyan, last year," Mr Tendulkar recalled, adding that Mr Parrikar would now revisit the same families and have lunch with them.
It was also informed that a special Abhiyan would be later held in the Salcete taluka, in co-ordination with the MLAs from this taluka, who are alliance partners of the government. The programme schedule released by the BJP stated that the second phase of the Jana Sampark Abhiyan will begin at the city Mahalaxmi temple on January 15, at 6 p. m.
Subsequently, the Abhiyan will travel to Sanquelim on January 16, Poriem/ Valpoi on January 17, Sanvordem/ Curchorem on January 18, Sanguem on January 19, Canacona/ Quepem on January 21, Mormugao on January 22, Mayem on January 23, Shiroda on January 24, Mandrem on January 25, Bicholim on January 26, Pernem on January 27, Saligao on January 28, Aldona/ Tivim on January 29, and Mapusa on January 30.
It was also told that the Abhiyan would inform the people about the fulfillment of the assurances given by the BJP in its election manifesto, as well as availability of various public welfare schemes of the government like Ladli Laxmi scheme and Griha Aadhar scheme.
Mr Tendulkar further said that public meetings would also be held in these constituencies, followed by cultural programmes. "A public meeting at Mapusa on January 30 would end this Abhiyan," he added, pointing out that all the important state leaders of the BJP and the local MLAs will remain present during the Abhiyan.
Replying to a question as regards Durgadas Kamat, a youth member of the Bharatiya Janata Party joining the Congress Party, Mr Tendulkar said that Durgadas was not even a member of the BJP. "The list of 3.21 lakh members of the BJP in the state does not include his name," the state BJP chief retorted, adding that there is no threat to the state BJP organisation due to such incidents. [NT]