The presence of the newly appointed organisational secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party for Goa, Satish Dhond, at the meeting of the BJP state office bearers on Saturday, largely helped in clearing the murky and gloomy atmosphere within the state unit of the party.
The meeting, which witnessed deliberation as regards strengthening the state unit of the party in view of the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls, was attended by state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar as well as former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who of late, had developed sharp differences between them. The meeting also
had the attendance of BJP’s general secretary for Goa Vijay Puranik.
Dhond, who in July 2015 was posted in two regions of Maharashtra to strengthen the party base there had been the organisational secretary for state BJP unit, in the past.
Earlier in the day, Dhond called on ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who welcomed him back to Goa and advised him to take everyone in the party along, in order to take the party to a higher level in the state. Dhond also spoke telephonically to Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, who expressed happiness over his return to Goa as organisational secretary.
A number of BJP supporters and workers were present near the city BJP headquarters to receive Dhond. Firecrackers were also burst on his arrival. However, known for his simple lifestyle, Dhond wearing his traditional white kurta refused to accept garlands and proceeded to offer his prayers at a small place of worship in the vicinity of the party headquarters. He then proceeded to the party office and briefly addressed the party workers.
Speaking about the meeting of the BJP state office bearers, senior party leader Rajendra Arlekar said that the meeting was primarily held to discuss the organisational issues before the state BJP unit. “The meeting strictly discussed how to strengthen the party in Goa, in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” he informed, pointing out that no discussion was held on the Shiroda and Mandrem by-election, or the candidates of the party in Goa for the Lok Sabha polls.
Arlekar attended the meeting as a member of the state BJP core committee.
“The meeting discussed various programmes to be undertaken from the booth level to the Mandal/ Constituency level to the district level of the party, till the end of February 2019,” Arlekar said, adding that party workers would be participating in these programmes.
Arlekar also said that the arrival of Dhond in Goa would surely benefit the BJP in Goa, especially as Dhond is well-versed with the situation in the state and knows every party worker personally. “This would facilitate his interaction with them in a better way,” he noted.
Parsekar, reacting to the arrival of Dhond in Goa maintained that the state BJP unit needs more organisational changes. However, it is learnt from the party sources that there would be no more such changes, including change in the state BJP president, until the Lok Sabha elections.