The Bharatiya Janata Party has begun beating the poll drums in Salcete, if the free medical camp organized at Anjuman hall in the housing board colony within Davorlim Rumdamol Village Panchayat is anything to go by.
The free medical camp was organized on Sunday by the Minority Cell of the BJP and a large number of muslims were seen standing in queue to avail of the facilities provided. Four doctors including general practitioners, ophthalmologist and diabetes specialists attended to the crowd and prescribed medicines.
The organizers had pooled in resources to purchase medicines worth around Rs 1.5 lakhs that were distributed free to the patients. “We collected money from well wishers to purchase the medicines,” said Shaikh Jina, President of BJP’s Minority Cell, Goa.
MLA Damodar Naik who was the chief guest at the function launched a frontal attack on PWD Minister Churchill Alemao representing the constituency calling him the root of all corruption in the Congress Party and present government.
“By looting the treasury through the commissions, he is distributing rice and dal to you only to make you helpless and dependent upon him, which dependency you have to break for the future of your children,” he said while pointing out that the BJP government led by Manohar Parrikar had launched various schemes which came by right to the deserving beneficiaries and not as a largesse.
Capitalising on the discontent in the village over Churchill ignoring genuine demands of the elected panchayat, he also said that it was time the people elect a BJP candidate as the BJP is known not to discriminate against anybody.
What was truly surprising was the large turnout for the medical camp by the muslim community even though it was organized by the BJP and many of the youth were speaking very confidently of supporting the BJP at the next elections.
However, whether the BJP’s attempts to build bridges with the minority community will translate in votes for its candidate is to be seen.