Union minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Naik expressed that his son, Siddhesh Naik, will not contest the Cumbharjua seat as an independent or on a MGP ticket for the upcoming elections.
Speaking to reporters at a function, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said he didn’t object his party’s decision of inducting former Congress leader Pandurang Madkaikar into the BJP, rather his objection pertained to him not being consulted.
“I’m not opposed to the decision of the party inducting leaders of other parties,” said Shripad, clarifying that he wasn’t upset with the party. “The party’s decision is final. I believe in adhering to the decision of the party,” he added.
Cumbharjua BJP mandal president Siddhesh Naik had expressed his displeasure over Madkaikar’s entry into the party.
Two days ago, 50-odd BJP workers of the BJP’s Cumbharjua mandal and Yuva Morcha met the Union minister at his residence in Old Goa and demanded that his son, Siddhesh, be permitted to contest as an independent. Agitated BJP workers in Cumbharjua also resolved not to canvass for Madkaikar if Siddhesh is denied the ticket.