Stating that MLAs splitting and joining BJP is a nationwide trend, state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar on Saturday said that the party workers have to bear the pain.
“Across the country, this is the trend, be it Karnataka or any other state. At the national level too, tall Congress leaders are leaving and joining BJP. We, karyakartas, have to bear the pain,” Tendulkar said while interacting with media persons at the Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula.
He said that the party
will speak to the workers who are upset with the merger of
the ten rebel Congress MLAs into the BJP and will try to convince them.
There are many BJP workers who have come out on social media to express their anger against the recent political development in the state and have announced that they are not going to work for the BJP.
“Congress MLAs don’t want to be under their central leadership hence they are joining our party. There will be a day when our grandchildren will learn in textbooks a lesson, ‘Ek thi Congress (Once there was a Congress)’. I feel that Congress will have no mark left behind and soon be completely wiped out,” the BJP president said. He said that the decision to drop four ministers including one independent from the cabinet was of the central party leadership, adding that the BJP never felt that the government was in danger.
Tendulkar said that the decision to replace the four ministers by inducting four new ones into the cabinet was taken by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant by following the command received from New Delhi.
“I don’t know if he (Vijai Sardesai) was arrogant…you go ask the person who has made that statement. Even If I have a difference of opinion, I cannot express before the central party leadership,” he said when asked to justify the decision of his party to remove four ministers from the cabinet including Goa Forward Party (GFP) president.
Tendulkar admitted that the former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar had given his word to Goa Forward Party that they would be part of the coalition government and would complete the tenure. However, he said, “Now things are different under the new leadership of Pramod Sawant and he is just following the instruction of the central party leadership.”
“We never felt that the government was in danger…the development and changes took place when Congress MLAs took a decision overnight to merge their legislative wing into BJP,” the state BJP president said. He claimed that Sawant has the backing of the central BJP leadership in running the government in the state.
“This government will now be completely stable and all the MLAs will work together for the development and vertical growth of the state. We have a young Chief Minister and all of them have the backing of the central BJP leadership,” Tendulkar added.