‘‘We have learnt a les­son”

Deputy Speaker of Goa As­sem­bly Michael Lobo has emerged as the BJP’s face among the state’s non-Hin­dus and the youth. His of­fice prob­a­bly sees more vis­i­tors ev­ery day than any min­is­ter’s. A big sup­porter of Par­rikar, Lobo says it’s time for the cab­i­net to

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Q. Has Manohar Par­rikar changed?

A. Yes. He is work­ing with dou­ble en­thu­si­asm. His grip on the ad­min­is­tra­tion has tight­ened. He has set a time­frame for cer­tain goals. Q. What is the Par­rikar gov­ern­ment’s fu­ture?

A. Those who were crit­i­cis­ing us from the Op­po­si­tion benches are now in the gov­ern­ment. They will have to per­form to stay rel­e­vant. Q. Why is dis­sent brew­ing in the BJP?

A. One or two peo­ple does not mean the party. If a man­dal pra­mukh (Sid­dhesh Naik) has been re­moved, there must be rea­sons for it. Q. How do you look at the sit­u­a­tion where only the chief min­is­ter is orig­i­nally from the BJP? A. The peo­ple al­most gave a ver­dict for us to sit in the Op­po­si­tion. Isn’t it good that we are in power? Q. What are the BJP’s lessons from the Goa polls?

A. That per­sonal re­la­tions and not de­vel­op­ment work will mat­ter the most. Our pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment did ex­tremely good work, yet seven of our min­is­ters lost. It is a les­son for each of us.

DANESH JASSAWALA

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