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Clearly Kandolkar’s supporters: BJP MLA Wagh

Suffering from high blood pressure and bruises at the ICU of the Goa medical college and hospital, Bambolim, St Andre BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh described the assault on him as a “conspiracy”, but declined to name the conspirators. He was beaten up at Tivim on Thursday night when leaving the kirtan mahotsav organized by NCP state president Nilkant Halarnkar.

Wagh said the attackers were “clearly Kiran Kandolkar (Tivim BJP MLA) supporters”. Asked if he really believed that the conspiracy did not go beyond Kandolkar, Wagh said he did not know. But in a telling remark, he said, “They probably want to give me a message not to associate with the NCP.”

Wagh is widely believed to be negotiating with the NCP high command for a NCP ticket to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from North Goa. He said he attended the Nanora programme because it was a cultural programme. “I am a writer, an artiste, and chairman of the Kala Academy. In my speech at the function, I made it clear that I was not attending as a politician,” said Wagh.

He appears to be clearly traumatized by the incident in which over 50 persons wearing “monkey caps” smashed his vehicle, assaulted him with kicks and blows and even hurled a big boulder through the rear of the car that missed Wagh narrowly.

He is confident however that his voice will not be stifled. “I have made it clear that I am not only the MLA of St Andre but the MLA of the common man. I will take up all issues of the common man even against my own government.”

He said chief minister Manohar Parrikar had phoned him from Delhi, inquired about his health and assured to visit him in the evening. BJP MLAs Michael Lobo, Carlos Almeida, Ramesh Tawadkar and Congress president John Fernandes also visited him.

Asked for his future course of action, Wagh said his priority is to get well soon and then decide his future.

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