Tendulkar unanimously elected Goa BJP chief
The former minister for forests, Mr Vinay Tendulkar has been unanimously elected as the new president of the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
PANAJI: The former minister for forests, Mr Vinay Tendulkar has been unanimously elected as the new president of the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He becomes the first state party president belonging to the second rung of the workers.
The all India general secretary of the BJP, Ms Kiran Maheshwari, in-charge of the organisational elections of the party in Goa, announced the result in the presence of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar; deputy Chief Minister, Mr Francis D’Souza; outgoing state party chief, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar and the Goa desk-in charge of BJP, Ms Arti Mehra. A number of ministers and party legislators were also present on the occasion.
Informing that the booth, the Mandal as well as the district level elections for the state unit of the BJP had already taken place with unanimous results, Ms Maheshwari said that the people of Goa had elected the BJP government with full faith, and this trust can be further enhanced by strengthening the organisation of the party. "The Parrikar government, which represented a small state, did bigger things like reducing price of petrol by Rs 11 per litre and the entire nation was forced to take note of this achievement," she added.
The newly elected state party president, in his speech said that he never had expectation of any seat of power but wanted to take the society forward as he went along. "For me, the next three years are important, as during my tenure I want to work at the organisational level in such a manner that Goa should be able to send both BJP MPs to the Centre during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls," Mr Tendulkar added, pointing out that efforts would also be made to bring the number of Congress MLAs to three from the present nine.
The outgoing president of the state BJP unit said that during the past six months, the unit undertook its party membership drive and raised the number of BJP members from existing 1 lakh to a whopping 3.28 lakh, which forms 32.08 per cent of the voters in Goa. "This indicates that the BJP has reached grassroots level," Mr Parsekar said.
The deputy Chief Minister in his speech assured all the support of the government to the state unit of the BJP. Ms Mehra said that the Chief Minister has assured her about not allowing any of the government schemes to get financially affected due to the closure of mines.
The event also remembered the former Shiv Sena chief, Balasaheb Thackeray as the pillar of strength to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. A one-minute silence was observed in memory of late Thackeray. [NT]