Unhappy with the induction of two Congress MLAs – Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte in BJP without proper consultation within the party, senior BJP leaders and founders of the Goa unit of the BJP have called for the dissolution of the state unit and the resignation of the State President Vinay Tendulkar.
The three leaders are considering various options including floating a parallel State unit, sources said.
The last option remains quitting the BJP and joining the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), headed by rebel Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Subhash Velingkar.
Velingkar has already said that the doors of the GSM are always unconditionally open for the BJP leaders who may want to join his party.
In fact Venglinkar has started negotiations with Parsekar sources said, though both of them refused to comment on the issue.
According to party sources, senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former speaker Rajendra Arlekar and former minister Dayanand Manderkar have criticized the state leadership, demanding a full-time president and re-constitution of the nine-member core committee.
It is important to note here that all three senior BJP leaders are part of the core committee, but they were not taken into confidence before the induction of the Congress defectors.
Parsekar and Arlekar have demanded Vinay Tendulkar’s resignation from the post of the State President also, citing “one person, one post” formula.
However, their demand will not yield any result as Vinay Tendulkar is still holding the post of the Goa BJP president, besides being a member of the Rajya Sabha from Goa.
Demanding a new president in place of Vinay Tendulkar, the BJP rebels also targeted Vijay Puranik, who is the state general secretary (organisation).
According to reports, the BJP rebels have blamed the state leadership for “betraying local BJP workers.”
Analysts believe that the rebellion by three three most senior leaders in Goa BJP is a sign of ongoing power struggle between two factions – one led by CM Manohar Parrikar and the other led by the old guards.
“It shows that the internal feud has reached its climax now,” said the observer.
According to an insider, although Parrikar’s control over the party remains unshaken, the old guards feel that it is the right time bring about a change.
“That is why they have come out demanding change in the state leadership. They may take help from other parties also. if the BJP’s internal feud results in to the division of the party in coming days, it will not come as a surprise,” added an observer.
The Congress which is the main opposition party in Goa Assembly has so far maintained a wait and watch policy.
The State president of the Goa Congress Committee, Girish Chodankar opines that the internal feud of the BJP will eventually lead in to the collapse of the Parrikar government.
In that situation “naturally, Congress will claim to form the government in Goa,” said Chodankar.