New Goa Congress chief Naik: to focus on ‘building the party’, not on toppling the BJP-led govt

Congress Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Shantaram Naik after taking over the post of President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has stated that his priority will be to build the party rather then focus on toppling the Bhartiya Janata Party-led coalition government.

Naik, a veteran of both state and national politics has held the helm of party President before as well. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from North Goa in 1984. In 2005, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Goa and in 2011 re-elected to the upper house. He will take over the reins from Former Goa Chief minister and current Navelim MLA Luizinho Faliero.

At the sidelines of a media conference Naik told IANS, “It is not our top priority (toppling the current BJP-led govt). My top priority is building the party,” Naik said.

Naik also mentioned that he is preparing for his new tenure as the Goa Congress chief by updating his iPad with all the relevant information about the party, the Constitution of India, CrPC etc. “I will store and save all the information (on the iPad). Normally, we ask the office to get us a list of these things. Those things can be avoided if I open an iPad. Therefore I will be using the IPad so that the information is on my table,” Naik was quoted by IANS.