What is the real reason for BJP losing GOA?

It can be called as a major setback to Manohar Parrikar than to BJP. The tiny state of Goa which was won by BJP in the last elections could not recreate the magic this time. BJP won Goa in the year 2012 with Manohar Parrikar leading the Party’s camping. He became the CM of Goa and is said to have provided good governance until November 2014 after which he was nominated as MP from Rajya Sabha and was made the Defence minister of the country.

Parrikar is performing brilliantly as the defence minister. After he took over, the Indian military got a big boost and he has efficiently delivered the OROP which was promised by the Modi government. However he was missed in Goa very much after he moved to Delhi. This caused a huge void in the mini state. There was no person who could match his ability and administrative skills. As Chief Minister, Parrikar is said to have brought the land and sand mafia under control and many developmental activities were undertake.

The other problem Goa BJP faced last year was the huge clash with RSS ideologue Subhash Velingkar. Velingkar who parted ways from RSS-BJP in Goa, started a new party called the RSS Goa Prant. Velingkar was sacked as the RSS chief for the Goa region after the Sangh top brass claimed that a pro-regional languages agitation which he was heading had turned political. All the office bearers of the Goa RSS unit had resigned in solidarity with Velingkar and later floated a rebel Goa RSS faction appointing Velingkar as its head.

Velingkar had blamed former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for targeting him and getting him sacked from the Goa Sangh Chalak post. Velingkar was upset as the ruling BJP ignored his demand for a withdrawal of grants to English medium schools in Goa. Velingkar, who headed the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSB), wanted the BJP to promote Marathi and Konkani as the medium of instruction in schools. He believed Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who remains the unchallenged face of the BJP in Goa, ignored his effort to promote regional languages.

This was purely an ego clash between the leaders. RSS never wanted to support Velingkar as he had put his interest before the party. The clash between Parrikar and Velingkar became the biggest drawback for the BJP since Veligkar was a powerful man in Goa and most of his loyalists in RSS went behind him.

These people have said to have worked against BJP and Parrikar which cost BJP huge loss in 2017 assembly elections as the votes were split. They struggled to even reach 20 seats and fell behind a simple majority. Even then the BJP got 36% vote share while Congress 28% but the numbers fell down. BJP only manged to get only 14 seats, while Congress got 18 seats and others got 10 seats.

Aishwarya S