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Ready to contest Goa polls alone, says state BJP chief Sadanand Tanavade

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Ready to contest Goa polls alone, says state BJP chief Sadanand Tanavade
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Ready to contest Goa polls alone, says state BJP chief Sadanand Tanavade
Ready to contest Goa polls alone, says state BJP chief Sadanand Tanavade

NEW DELHI: Amid talks of a probable alliance with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) in Goa, Bharatiya Janata Party state chief Sadanand Tanavade on Saturday claimed that the party is ready to contest polls alone.
He, however, added that the final decision on the alliance will be of the central leadership. “The state unit believes that the BJP can win polls alone without stitching an alliance,” he said.
“The central leadership takes the call on the alliance. I believe that we are ready to go alone. At the time of local polls, we fought alone without any ally and yet we won,” he added.
The State BJP chief further said, “We have 40 assembly seats in the state and BJP has ‘Mandal Samitis’ in every constituency at 1,663 booths. We are organisationally strong”.
The MGP reportedly has an influence on the Hindu voter base.
The Opposition in the state is yet to decide on an alliance and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is nudging the Congress party to decide whether to contest the polls alone or together.
However, the BJP state unit seems to be motivated with local poll results thereby stressing on going solo and winning the elections with a majority.
In April, BJP won an absolute majority in three of the five municipal councils in Goa. Polling had taken place in Mapusa, Margao, Mormugao, Sanguem, and Quepem Municipal Councils. Here, the BJP had won Quepem, Mormugao and Sanguem councils.
Tanavade lauded the BJP Goa unit’s performance in recent times and is confident that his party is ready to win even if the elections are held tomorrow.
“Even if elections are announced tomorrow, we are ready for it. You must be thinking that why are we confident. During Zila Panchayat polls held last year, all opposition parties and NGOs had spread rumours that the BJP will not win. But when the result came out, the BJP won 19 of the 25 seats in North Goa. In South Goa, we contested 18 seats and we won 14, the highest tally by the party so far.”
Meanwhile on August 9, the Congress appointed former finance minister P Chidambaram as an election observer for Goa polls to be held in 2022.
Tanavade said that the BJP isn’t worried about the Congress or its new observer.
“Even if Rahul Gandhi is called in, the BJP will form the government on its own. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too comes here and yet he doesn’t manage to make a difference. We have trust and confidence in ourselves and our people,” stated Tanavade.
When asked about people joining the Congress, Tanavade took a dig at them saying, “Congress is taking its own people back into the party and showing it off as a ‘wave’ for the party in the assembly polls.”
Meanwhile, Tanavade and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant are touring several constituencies separately.
“We meet our workers and know from them whether they are satisfied with the party. We are constantly meeting various groups. We are planning to finish the process of covering all constituencies by October 31,” said the Goa state chief of the BJP.
The Goa BJP unit is also holding sammelans (meetings) to woo 35,000 voters, belonging to north India, but residing in the state. “Tomorrow (Sunday), we have organised a meeting for 500 north Indians. There will be a big sammelan in November,” said Tanavade.

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