- BJP starts preparations for Goa assembly elections
- There is a plan to contest the elections under the leadership of CM Pramod Sawant.
- CM’s tussle with Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Corona
- BJP won 6 out of 7 places during urban body elections
Despite protests by some groups against Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, BJP is preparing to contest the elections under his leadership. According to sources, the issue was discussed in a high-level meeting and it was decided that Sawant would lead the party in the assembly elections. A senior leader says that the Sawant-led BJP government in Goa is doing a good job and will return to power under his leadership.
The senior BJP leader said, “Goa elections will be fought under the leadership of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. The issue was discussed in detail and the central leadership is confident of returning to power under his leadership and has asked the state unit to prepare a special plan. Let us inform that the assembly elections are to be held in Goa next year.
According to a party insider, however, contesting elections under Sawant’s leadership is no guarantee that he will be made the chief minister if the BJP returns to power. Another leader said, “You have seen what happened in Assam. The election was fought under the leadership of Chief Minister Sabarnand Sonowal, but after the result, the party made Himanta Biswa Sarma the Chief Minister.
A party functionary said, “Who will be the chief minister is a decision which is taken by the central leadership and the parliamentary board and it is not a matter of discussion at this point of time.” Another senior BJP leader said that the party is worried about the recent tussle between Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane over Kovid-19 management. “Central leaders had visited Goa and recently held a meeting with the state party president of Goa on the issue of infighting,” he said. He had asked the state unit to resolve the issue at the earliest.
Another party leader said Rane is very ambitious and feels that he too deserves a chance. “Vishwajit Rane is the son of a former chief minister (Pratap Singh Raoji Rane) and he feels that he has potential. But so far the party is only looking at Sawant as someone who can lead the party to victory.
The party has won three of the five municipal councils where elections were held in less than a year for the state assembly elections under the Sawant government. “The BJP performed well in the urban local body elections, where we won six out of seven local bodies, including Panaji. It shows the ground presence of the party. We have to keep the momentum going.
Pramod Sawant (file photo)