Even as the party’s Jana Sampark Abhiyan rolled out from Panjim, on Tuesday, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and North Goa member of parliament Shripad Naik gave indications during his visit to Margao, on Wednesday, that somewhere down the line, something is lacking in the functioning of the government.
And he neither refuted nor countered a query posed by newsmen that the BJP has gone into the hands of a coterie consisting of four to five people.
“We need to accord top priority to the well-being of the people. Whatever happens, it should be in the interest of the people. But, somewhere, we have begun to feel something is lacking. I am of the firm view that our priority should be towards the welfare of the people. But, here, one may find a difference”, the MP said during an informal chat with newsmen during his private visit to Margao this morning.
When newsmen asked whether he feels sidelined in the party over the Jana Sampark Abhiyan launched by the party leadership, Sripad said “This is his (CM’s) issue. I have heard that he had given an assurance to the people at the time of elections that he would return back to them, if voted to power”.
But, when pointed out that he was actively involved in the programme last time round, Shripad shot back “ I am doing my own work. Each individual has his or her own way of doing things”.
Questioned further whether he feels sidelined in the party set up since his son failed to make it as the BJP Yuva Morcha president, Shripad said “There is no question of any sidelining by anyone”.
When pointed out that his son’s name was almost finalized for the top post, he shot back “We have not taken it seriously. For me, working for the BJP is my mission. We had no expectations on this issue. And, we did not seek any favours from anyone. Our only goal is our mission for the party.”
Replying to a question on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Shripad confirmed that he would contest the polls with the blessings of my party workers and the people at large, while exuding confidence that he would win the elections. “Last time round, the Opposition ganged up to defeat me in the hustings. Still, I managed to win the polls by a 6000-odd vote margin”, he recalled. [H]