The former Fatorda MLA and ESG Chairman Danu Naik will be no longer looking after the ESG affairs since the ruling government has relieved him from the post of ESG chairmanship. Damu who lost his seat in assembly election last year to Vijay Sardesai is on the verge of losing the identity in the Fatorda constituency with all the BJP supports have joined the Goa Forward party last week. Read the complete report here.
The news may not came as surprise to many as this was expected claimed the sources in the ruling government. According to the sources, the Goa Government on Tuesday relieved Damodar (Damu) Naik from the responsibility of chairmanship of the ESG (Entertainment Society of Goa) so that the former Fatorda MLA could devote his full time towards the work in his constituency keeping in mind the forthcoming elections that are scheduled to take place in the beginning of 2017.
The Chief Minister of Goa Shri Laxmikant Parsekar told the media that he has asked Mr. Naik to furnish his resignation from the post of ESG chairmanship which later was accepted by his office. “I only asked him to resign so that he can fully concentrate on party work ahead of the assembly elections next year. He has resigned and the resignation has been accepted,” he stated. Damu was holding the post of ESG chairmanship since 2014 said the sources.
Parsekar further told the media that this move was very much necessary since the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) us scheduled to begins from 20th of November would keep the former MLA busy and the same he cannot afford to do at the moment. Naik, whois also the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state, said thathe resignedfrom the postso astoconcentrate onthe Fatorda constituencyand prepare fully totake on his rivals during the assemblyelections.
Damu Naik who lost his seat to his rival Vijay Sardesai in 2012 assembly elections and later during the Margao Municipal Elections the panel floated by the BJP under his leadership was trounced. According to Mr. Naik, he was willing to resign from the post of ESG chairman long time before but he had waited for the auspicious day to do so. “I had been ready to resign for quite some time but had been waiting for an auspicious moment.After the month of Mhaall (September), in the eveningofOctober 3 I tendered myresignation…,’’ he said.
According to Mr. Naik, the reason behind his resignation was the shuffling of time between IFFI which will be held next month and the party work towards his constituency and hence he felt that the resignation is the best solution for this.
When media asked him whether he had taken this step due to any sort of pressure on him to resign in the backdrop of the allegations of demanding Rs. 2 crore, Naik said that allegations are not the new thing for him. “In 2014, there was an allegation about Rs 5 crore. This time, it has been reduced to Rs 2 crore. I have not resigned owing to these allegations.The Chief Minister should investigate the allegations against meand my political rivalSardesai,’’ he said.
The expulsion of Damu from the ESG may lead to giving new life to him in the forthcoming assembly election. The BJP is counting on every seat in the Goa as they are having new rivals emerging daily in the political front. The emergence of RSS is also posing a new challenge to them. Let’s wait and watch whether the sacrifice of Damu Bab will result into any fruits.